Portland Police Union Says City Is Enabling Violence Instead Of Protests

The Portland Police Association president called out elected officials for their failure to stem violent protests.

Portland, OR – The president of the Portland police union has called for the city council “to quit sitting on their hands” and “draw a line in the sand” with violent protesters.

The Portland Police Association president – Portland Police Officer Daryl Turner – called out the city council for its lack of support for officers during this time of violent political protests, The Oregonian reported.

Officer Turner posted a long appeal to the city council on Facebook on Monday.

He called Portland “one of the most politically violent cities in America.”

“Lawlessness, aggression, and violence have replaced peaceful protests,” the president of the police union wrote. “In a harshly divided nation, we have become a stark example of what happens when fringe groups get exactly what they ask for with their grandstanding – attention.”

Violent protests in Portland have become internationally famous in recent months.

The city’s lack of response to some of the demonstrators’ lawlessness has raised the question about who is actually running things.

On Oct. 8, video was captured of masked antifa members directing traffic on Portland streets, telling regular citizens where they could and could not go.

“This is the type of street anarchy that routinely happens where I live,” journalist Andy Ngo wrote in a tweet along with videos of the chaos. “Here is video…showing Antifa directing traffic in downtown and threatening people who don’t obey with violence.”

“Mayor @tedwheeler, who really runs this town?” Ngo wrote.

The video showed antifa took over city streets in Portland and blocked traffic, threatened drivers, and damaged an elderly man’s vehicle while officers stood on the fringes and did not intervene.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed on Oct. 15, after another weekend of brawling between Patriot Prayer members and antifa, that the city council should enact a new ordinance that would allow the police commissioner to tell protesters when, how, and where to protest.

Mayor Wheeler is the Portland police commissioner.

Officer Turner’s Facebook post accused elected officials of failing to embrace common sense opportunities in response to the violence at protests.

“We have seen a similar failure with the handling of the recent protests in downtown Portland and the City's proposed policy changes in response to violence at protests,” Officer Turner wrote. “It's time for City Council to quit sitting on their hands and openly and collectively decry the violence and destruction forced upon the many and caused by a few.”

He wrote that protesters believe they can “harass, assault, and victimize” people at will without threat of being arrested, indicted, or convicted.

Officer Turner objected to police officials’ management of the violent demonstrations.

When the Portland Police Bureau faced criticism for not arresting the antifa members who took over the city’s intersections, their excuse for ordering officers to stand down was that introducing law enforcement to a crowd of people engaged in illegal activity could "change the demeanor of the crowd for the worse."

The police union president didn’t see it the same way.

“Our job as law enforcement is to protect the public and enforce the law. People who endanger or victimize others should be held accountable for their actions,” Officer Turner said.

The police union’s president referenced guidance from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as a “simple solution.”

“Let's be clear: police officers work to uphold the Constitution, including the right to free speech,” Officer Turner wrote. “When protests are peaceful, it's our job to ensure that our community can say their piece and say it without fear of violence.”

“But when violence erupts at a protest, it is incumbent on the Police Bureau to step in and stop the violence through arrests. And, in turn, it is incumbent on our criminal justice system to ensure wrongdoers are held accountable for their person and property crimes,” he posted.

He blamed a culture of enablement, the restriction of enforcement, criticism of police tactics whether they act or not, and “an over-emphasis on de-escalation and disengagement” for Portland’s current situation.

Officer Turner called on the city’s lawmakers to get their acts together.

“It's time to draw a line in the sand and let people know that unequivocally, there will be no violence accepted in peaceful protests,” he wrote. “And our City Council must support our officers when we act to preserve public safety.”

Comments (16)
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this is so true from the protests i have seen on here. it is a disgrace to you rpolice force for it to be happening and no arrests were made. it looks like th epolice is afraid of this group is that the reason??? why are they police then???? you cant let this go on if the people in office cant stand up to them get them out and elect ones that can. i hope for the best for the police union start helping them do their job. get the illegals out take your state back


People have a right to protest and assemble...lawfully and peacefully. Having said that, at the end of the day...those same people have the right to be uninjured and alive. Portland is already in the hole for having allowed this violence and stupidity to continue for so long. When local government wakes up to that fact and starts allowing police to enforce the law and keep the peace, elected officials will discover that it will be much, much more difficult to bring order to a city that is becoming known for violence. Oregon is a beautiful area but Portland...not so much. Thanks politicians.


Maybe if the city council member and mayor are accosted by these thugs they will change their minds and demand law and order. By them not doing so, those who pay their salaries are NOT protected at all. get your at together Portland or the decent tax payers will move out and the thugs rule.


I don't even go downtown if I can avoid it! In fact between the traffic and the violence, I try to stay on the Washington side of the river!


Now's a time for every police officer to hand in their 2 weeks notice and move .