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Violence Surges In Portland After They Abolish Police Force

This will be the new normal across America.

“Defund the police” is not merely a losing political bumper sticker. Far more importantly, it’s a terrible, dangerous idea that results in misery for communities victimized by increased crime after local officials foolishly undermine law enforcement based on woke sloganeering. We’ve written about adverse consequences in places like New York and Minneapolis, where the city had to backtrack on its idiotic posture after crime spiked. A new Associated Press story out this week documents the demise of an elite police unit in Portland, Oregon. The fallout has been entirely predictable and tragic. The piece begins with a very sad anecdote:

Elmer Yarborough got a terrifying call from his sister: She wept as she told him two of his nephews may have been shot in broad daylight as they left a bar in Portland, Oregon. He drove there as fast as he could. An officer told him one of his nephews was heading to the hospital and the other, Tyrell Penney, hadn’t survived. “My sister, Tyrell’s mom, was on the phone; I just said, ‘He’s gone.’ And I just heard the most horrific scream that you could ever imagine,” Yarborough said. When Penney was killed last summer, unrest was roiling liberal Portland as protesters took to the streets nightly to demand racial justice and defunding police. At the same time, one of the whitest major cities in America was experiencing its deadliest year in more than a quarter-century — a trend seen nationwide — with shootings that overwhelmingly affected the Black community…
Responding to the calls for change in policing, the mayor and City Council cut several police programs from the budget, including one Yarborough believes could have saved his nephew. A specialized unit focused on curbing gun violence, which had long faced criticism for disproportionately targeting people of color, was disbanded a month before Penney, a 27-year-old Black man visiting from Sacramento, California, was killed on July 25… “Without a doubt, I think it is a possibility that my nephew could still be alive if (the Gun Violence Reduction Team) was not dissolved,” said Yarborough, a crisis response volunteer for Portland police who responds to shootings to support victims’ families. “I cannot say for sure if he would, but what I will tell you is had it not been my nephew that was saved, it probably could have saved the life of someone else,” he said.

The AP references some “officials and experts” who attribute the surge in violence to pandemic-related stressors, but others clearly aren’t buying that as a full explanation. “I cannot say for sure if he would, but what I will tell you is had it not been my nephew that was saved, it probably could have saved the life of someone else,” Mr. Yarborough said. And as the far-left city government has heeded activists’ demands to defund law enforcement, the results speak for themselves:

More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year. The number of shootings — 900 — was nearly 2 1/2 times higher than the year before. The spike has continued this year, with more than 150 shootings, including 45 people wounded and 12 killed so far…So far this year, there have been 17 homicides — a concerning number considering there had only been one homicide in the same period in 2020… Police had warned of possible repercussions of ending the unit, pointing out cautionary tales in other cities that had made a similar choice.  Portland police quoted former Salinas, California, Police Chief Kelly McMillin: “Not to be overly dramatic, but if you lose the unit which focuses on removing firearms from the hand[s] of violent offenders, people will die. It’s really just that simple.” Stockton, California, began disbanding and defunding police units dedicated to gun violence in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, the city’s homicide rates reached record highs. After the city restored the units, homicides significantly declined, according to data reported by police.

That data seems significant, especially since the patterns occurred during a “normal,” non-pandemic period of time. But Portland’s feckless, leftist mayor (who doubles as police commissioner), Ted Wheeler, has asserted that he doesn’t personally believe the decision to eliminate the anti-gun violence task force has made any difference in his city. “I believe if [the Gun Violence Reduction Team] were [around] today, we would still see a substantial, if not identical increase, in shootings in Portland,” he said. Axing the police squad is framed as a racial justice issue, but communities of color have suffered disproportionate harm. A Gallup poll released last summer revealed that 81 percent Black Americans wanted policing levels in their own communities to remain the same or increase, with just 19 percent preferring a lighter law enforcement footprint. And some post-election data analyses suggest that “defund the police” pushes among Democrats may have harmed the party among voters of color:

Sources: TownHall: Surprise: Violence Spikes in Portland After City Leaders Eliminate Key Police Task Force

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Written by Joshua Jackson

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  1. Portland Oregon, or any other democrat run anything is the perfect picture of democrat run everything! Democrats want to get rid of guns which is our protection against this idiocracy. It seems that democrat run anything is uncivilized, immature, nonsense which never works, and without guns, there is no defense for we the little people. They have mastered voter fraud which means that ‘we the little people’ can never again be in control of our lives. Just look at the countries of the old Soviet Block, how poor, and lack of freedoms they had before the USA broke them up. Democrats want to take us backwards in civilized society!

  2. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD ABOLISH THE POLICE.
    THIS IS THE ONLY NORMAL THING LEFT IN A WORLD OF CRIMINALS.
    CITIZENS SHOULD BE UP IN ARMS IF SOME ONE WOULD TELL THEM THIS. WE ALL NEED OUR POLICE TO DEFEND US. KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAVE.
    WHERE ARE OUR POLITICIANS??? THEY DO NOT SEEM TO CARE.
    WE THE CITIZENS ARE DEMANDING ,KEEP OUR POLICE FORCE, WE ALSO DEMAND THESE RIOTS STOP AND THE LAWS OF OUR COUNTRY WILL BE UPHELD.
    WE ARE NOT SOME 3D WORLD BANANA REPUBLIC..WE STILL HAVE LAWS AND THEY SHOULD BE INFORCED. LOCK UP EVERY CRIMINAL

  3. Can anybody anywhere tell honest American citizens and their families, why elected Democrat’s led by crazy uncle Joe and Pelosi lie unabashedly to us all! Why would these lunatic’s pass and encourage laws that destroy families and entire neighborhoods. Schools & places of higher learning, local police departments, open borders, and taxpayer funded racist policies like Billions of tax dollars given to farmers simply because they are not white?. Or turning our nations Capital into a militarized zone with WALLS & CONCERTINA WIRE and thousands of armed militant warriors who would far rather go home! Shame on them, and shame on anyone who would ever cast a Vote for any anti-American elected Democratic period!

  4. We will help you pack your bags and move to China where your stupidity will be welcomed. Stop ruining our country and turning it into a socialist country.

  5. I do wish the murderous thugs would go after the politicians and anti-Police Leftists that thought defunding the Police was a good idea. Turn about is fair play.

  6. Albert Einstein said it and he was a pretty smart guy, “Definition of Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” (Like defunding the police)

  7. Where are our politicians you ask? They’re hiding behind barbed wire fences in Washington, with both federal and State politicians being kept safe by private, armed, contracted security companies. Paid for by the taxpayer. You see, only THEY count. The American public doesn’t matter anymore. They feel they’ll be able to change enough election laws to keep all DemonRats in office, while completely disarming the law abiding public. Then they get to sit in their ivory towers and dictate what we can do, what we can say, what we can think. This is all already happening. Welcome to the NSSA, the National Socialist States of America. Formerly the USA. Modeled perfectly after Nazi Germany.

  8. If Portland abolishes their Police force they are asking for chaos, and destruction of their city. If this is true and allowed to occur it is a very sad day for America.

  9. More failing dummocrats running failing cities. This free partying comes at a cost. They are violent, dangerous and out of control. Their Givenor needs to be recalled. If these idiot rioters want respect for their cause, give respect. NO ONE TRUSTS BLM AND ANTIFA IS A TRRRORIST GROUP. PORTLAND NEEDS TO FIND THEMSELVES AND STOP LEANING ON HARD WORKING AMERICANS LOSERS.

  10. More failing dummocrats running failing cities. This free “partying” comes at a cost. They are violent, dangerous and out of control. Their Govenor needs to be recalled. If these idiot rioters want respect for their cause, give respect. NO ONE TRUSTS BLM AND ANTIFA IT IS
    A TERRRORIST GROUP. PORTLAND NEEDS TO FUND THEMSELVES AND STOP LEANING ON HARD WORKING AMERICANS! LOSERS!

  11. This is Bill from Portland Oregon. Our city is a junk pile. I thinking about canceling my garbage service and taking it in to portland to dump. Portland will be a prime example of what not to do. We have city county and state Marxist officials who think they are elitists and the rest of us are dumber than a box of rocks. Our leadership obviously has no common sense. Defunding the police? No outrage from our democrat congressman state or federal. Mayor Wheeler was screwing up last summer and portlanders voted him back in. Or perhaps the ballot box is being stuffed here also.

  12. Why don’t we just abolish the Democrats? They seem to be the only people supporting the Marxist groups of Antifa and Black lives Matter. I’ll wager that would get rid of 99.9% of the “mostly peaceful protest” nation wide. An additional benefit would be honest elections.

  13. Well, the stupid Democrat voters, keep the ultra-liberal DeMonRats in office, so
    they ALMOST deserve what they get. CRIME CRIME CRIME. More to come under the
    HARRIS/biden administration.
    by the way, let’s keep the borders open to keep the floodgates active
    with hundreds of pf thousands of illegals. IDEA places them into democrat homes, they voted for it

  14. What “violence”?—Jim Acosta and tater-head Stelter at CNN just told me these were “peaceful” protests.!!!

    • portland better get a handle on this and soon They keep allowing this garbage they are inviting wild west law It is a sad state of affairs when the city counsel has done this The citizens have paid tax for a police force to protect them and the city has no right to take this protection away I would hope that a great number of the citizens are already or have filed against the city and the counsel as well If the so called leaders of this city want to play games there is the game of thrones that seems will fits you inept counsel members of Portland Oregon maybe it will soon just be gone

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