Portland police's entire crowd control unit resigns after indictment of officer

PORTLAND OR- APRIL 12 A Portland police officers officer tackles demonstrators after a riot was declared during a protest against the killing of Daunte Wright

PORTLAND OR- APRIL 12 A Portland police officers officer tackles demonstrators after a riot was declared during a protest against the killing of Daunte Wright

The police union said almost 200 rioters set upon the voluntary rapid response team and that, reportedly, Officer Corey Budworth unintentionally struck the activist in the head with a baton, believing the activist was a part of the riot.

The Portland Police Association also stated in defense of the charged officer that the night "escalated" and "was declared a riot; community members and police officers were at risk of serious injury and someone from the crowd launched a Molotov cocktail into the Multnomah Building, setting it ablaze". "If you put a human being through what they were put through, that takes a toll". As law enforcement officials, we recognize that community members and law enforcement officers alike are responsible for their conduct and that our judicial system is created to address wrongdoing equally, whether by community members or law enforcement officers. "We'll use the resources that we have". He's also met with outside law enforcement agencies to ask for their support if needed during incidents that usually require an RRT response.

Asked if he had ever seen this kind of mass resignation during his career in law enforcement, Davis responded quickly: "No".

Meanwhile, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler conceded that the past year has been hard for officers: "I want to acknowledge the toll this past year has taken on them and their families - they have worked long hours under hard conditions".

"I want to acknowledge the toll this past year has taken on them and their families-they have worked long hours under hard conditions", Wheeler writes.

The news was first reported Thursday morning by KXL.

Members of the team resigned due to a perceived lack of support from the city during the past year of Antifa-led violence in the area following the death of George Floyd last Memorial Day, official sources told The Oregonian. Neither the mayor's office or the PPB have confirmed this reasoning to the Mercury. Members of the RRT were often responsible for breaking up a crowd after PPB determined that a demonstration had turned into a riot, and often used force-from tear gas to less-lethal munitions-to do so.

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The mass resignation came shortly after Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday that an Rapid Response Team officer was charged with fourth-degree assault for striking a protester with his baton during an August riot, a move decried by the police union.

"Portland Police officers need to understand that they are not above the law nor are their actions exempt from the protections the Constitution aims to provide to people against exactly these types of abuse by police", the lawyers, Juan Chavez and Franz Bruggemeier, said in a statement.

In October 2020, the police association urged Portland's mayor and police chief to publicly support the officers volunteering for the RRT.

On June 15, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced his office charged Budworth "with one count of fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor, for physically injuring someone during an August 18, 2020, protest".

But lawyers for Teri Jacobs, the independent photojournalist who was named as the victim in the indictment against Budworth, said the resignations from the team demonstrate "the contempt its members feel for even the possibility that one of their colleagues is held accountable for his actions".

"Once the full picture is revealed, we are confident that justice will prevail, and Officer Budworth will be exonerated of all charges", the statement conceded.

In November, a city report found that a majority of Portland's police officers had "not received any recent skills training in crowd management, de-escalation, procedural justice, crisis intervention, or other critical skills for preventing or minimizing the use of force". On Tuesday, Schmidt's office said that RRT Detective Erik Kammerer is now being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice for his actions against protesters in 2020.

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