It’s been a while since I checked in on how things are going in Portland, Oregon after all of the unrest and violence we’ve seen there over the course of the year. Perhaps the spirit of Christmas has softened the hearts of some of the combatants and brought a bit of peace to a city desperately in need of it. After all, it’s the season of giving and coming together, right? Well… so much for that. John picked up on some of these developments last week, but things are apparently still going to hell in a handbasket and the Portland Police Department is losing cops faster than they could possibly replenish their ranks. (Daily Wire)
According to police officials in Portland, Oregon, officers are fleeing the city’s force and often taking a hit to pay and benefits to do so.
The flight of law enforcement from the city is “unprecedented,” Assistant Chief Michael Frome told the Portland Tribune this week. “We really have not seen this many people leaving at this stage in their career.” …
The departures come after a summer of unrest pummeled the city. Nightly protests and riots took place for over 100 days straight in Portland following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The numbers should be alarming to anyone hoping to survive in Portland. In just the past month, nine officers have resigned. Another 14 have filed their notice of intent to leave in January. More than a half dozen others have put in for early retirement, despite having to take a reduction in benefits to do so.