The real question today is whether or not the mob in Portland can manage to increase their rioting, looting and arson activities by 200% to keep up the pace. Otherwise, they’ll be facing a confrontation of diminishing returns. What am I talking about? As you no doubt already know, the mob in Portland has been calling for the defunding of the police – if not their complete abolishment – from the beginning of the violent riots. The municipal government, from the Mayor’s office on down, has been bending over backward to appease them in the vain hope that it might cause the violence to recede. (Spoiler alert: it hasn’t.) So how is that defunding initiative going?
Not as well as some of the headlines would lead you to believe. Back in June, the City Council approved $16 million in cuts to the police force to be phased in over a period of time. That didn’t do anything to slow down the violence because the mob doesn’t really give a hoot once they get going. But they’re really going to be ticked off now. It turns out that their own violent activities in the streets have been the cause of an increase in funding for the cops in overtime pay and other incurred expenses. (Free Beacon)
As protesters in Portland continue to call for defunding the police, the Portland Police Bureau spent nearly $7 million on overtime pay in June and July—200 percent more than the same time frame last year—as officers were dispatched to quell violent anti-police protests.
Portland’s KATU News reported Tuesday that PPB has spent at least $6.9 million in overtime pay in June and July, amid a wave of nightly anti-police riots that began in the city in late May. From January until June, PPB had only spent $4.5 million on overtime pay.
The spike in overtime pay coincides with a summer of unrest in the city. Rioters, many of whom have pushed for reforming and defunding the police, have for months wreaked havoc on the city—at times launching fireworks and explosives at government buildings, including a federal courthouse, and setting fire to a local police precinct.