Gang violence, an emasculated police force, and a criminal friendly administration blamed
There doesn’t appear to be any safe spaces from bullets in hyper-woke Portland, Ore.
The West Coast city is poised to shatter its homicide record — and there’s still more than two months left to go in 2021.
So far, there have been 67 murders this year. The riot-ravaged city’s full-year record was 66 murders in 1987.
Gang violence, an emasculated police force, and a criminal friendly administration have turned the city into an ungovernable dystopian nightmare.
“People should be leery because this is a dangerous time,” Lionel Irving Jr., a lifelong Portland resident and a gang outreach worker, told The Associated Press.
Police are struggling with a critical staffing and funding shortage as cops throw in the towel and quit the 650,000-population city.
“Let’s please untie the hands of our law enforcement officers,” said Don Osborn, whose brother-in-law was murdered in September. “I believe if the proper tools were in place for our law enforcement officers, this wouldn’t even have happened.”
This year, Portland has had about 1,000 shootings with 314 people injured by bullets. Guns account for three-quarters of the city’s murders.
Nationally, homicides increased by nearly 30% from 2019 to 2020, based on FBI data. However, in Portland, deadly violence is increasing at a faster rate than nearly all major U.S. cities, with an 83% increase in homicides in 2020.
“We are running on fumes,” said Daryl Turner, executive director of Portland’s police union, adding that budget cuts have also handcuffed cops. “There’s no way we can investigate thoroughly, and correctly, all these shootings.”
Last year, the city slashed $27 million from the police budget.