The team members cited concerns about officers injured during protests over the past year, the restrictions federal judges and the mayor put on their use of force tactics, changing interpretations of the bureau’s directives governing their use of force and crowd management tactics, greater scrutiny of officers actions than that of those causing property damage, setting fires or throwing objects at officers during protest coverage, a lack of confidence in the city attorney’s office ability to defend their actions and insufficient back-up from outside law enforcement agencies.
I don’t know who would want to serve as crowd control against people who repeatedly commit lawless, violent acts and who go unpunished. I’m surprised it took this long for the officers to resign.
The team also expressed dismay that the Police Bureau was ordered to halt their live-streaming video of the nightly demonstrations last year. Instead, they said, officers are being hauled into internal affairs inquires “based almost entirely on video submitted by the demonstrators themselves.”
Well, couldn’t possibly be biased.
I don’t think there is any amount of money you could pay me to work as law enforcement in Portland. The city is absolutely broken.