CAN THEY GET A REFUND?: Woke Portland restores police budget

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Portland has voted to refund its police department after budgets were slashed due to “defund the police” demands during Black Lives Matter protests.

City leaders reversed their decision Wednesday and a new major spending plan was passed.

A total of $7 million is earmarked for “public safety,” with $5.2 million going towards Portland’s police department, reported KEYE .

“Portlanders have a right to feel safe,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement. “I am committed to investing in programs that improve public safety in an urgent and strategic way, while also supporting reformed policies and practices to rebuild trust and accountability.”

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The city previously cut $15 million in funding from the police budget following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 and ensuing protests.

Portland’s Chief of Police Chuck Lovell took to Twitter to weigh in on the “refund” his people are getting. He thanks members of the City Council for addressing their “critical staffing needs” to better serve the community.

The BLM protests and the public’s negative perception of law enforcement caused many officers to either quit or retire, resulting in a “retention crisis” for the department.

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“This is just the beginning of a process that may take a few years, as we work to recruit, hire and train hundreds of officers and public safety specialists while also focus on retaining current members,” said Lovell.

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He added: “We also look forward to implementing some of the reforms, such as hiring a civilian manager of the Training Division and obtaining body-worn cameras. We fully support these reforms and will now move forward on next steps.”

  1. A protester, whose feet caught fire after a molotov cocktail exploded on him, runs toward a medic during a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on Sept. 5, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.

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  2. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minn., police officer arresting George Floyd.

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  3. Activists march through the Lawndale neighborhood calling for the defunding of police on July 24, 2020 in Chicago.

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Officials are considering ways to work through the staffing shortage, including bringing back retired cops and paying them a wage plus their pension as incentive, reported KATU .

Last month, Portland recorded its 72nd homicide, breaking its previous record in 1987 – and there are still two months left in the year.

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