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.”

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AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

So, can anyone tell me how this, "introducing law enforcement to a crowd of people engaged in illegal activity could "change the demeanor of the crowd for the worse.", would change for the worse when crimes are being committed already? Whoever thought of that or thinks that is correct apparently never graduated kindergarten or essentially they are extremely stupid.

McFarlane
McFarlane

Wheeler is a son of a bitch. "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." Such bullshit. Like those who are doing this are going to pay attention to a him, who has no street cred, and a new ordinance??? He is so out of his league when it comes to the domestic terrorists running the city. Let me cite, if I may, when I was a street cop, prior to having had my fill and calling it quits, we were told homelessness wasn't a crime and we were to let the homeless be. Yet, if you went into the homeless camps, or by the homeless camps, you saw more bikes and bike parts than at a bike shop, lawnmowers, baby carriages, a vacuum - darn sure these folks didn't BUY these items. As far as I was concerned I worked for those folks who lived on my district and my concern was their livability. It took a lot of creative enforcement to continue to do my job under the mayors hands off policy. And then what does that a-hole do after the many complaints from the citizens about their livability??? He says the police just needed to do their jobs! He threw us under the bus. I don't know who in the heck voted him in, and why the downtown businesses aren't after his hide, I can say the people in my district had my back and knew what I was up against. But to those who voted him in? You're getting what you deserve. The officers, and the people in MY district, deserve a whole helluva lot better.

HalM
HalM

Since the mayor and city council have obviously shirked their responsibilities and outright bely the trust of the cities residents and businesses, it should fall on city police to step in and arrest or remove them from office and restore peace to the cities streets! By the city legislature standing by and NOT allowing police to fulfill their oaths to keep and provide safety and not allowing police to do their duties, they have Violated their oaths and thereby have vacated their positions of authority! Time for law enforcement to call in backup and end the mess, and call for a vote to replace the mayor and city council with people with those with the heart and courage to maintain order. And if the governor is too weak to call for an end to the insanity, then He should step down as well!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Another thought: The mayor/police commissioner may be giving Nero a run for his money as far as "fiddling while the city burns"!

Mrs10
Mrs10

"In a democracy people get the kinds of leaders they deserve." - Joseph de Maistre, 18th century French lawyer/philosopher

Until the people of Portland decide enough is enough and demand that their leaders do something the criminals will continue to terrorize.

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