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The hits just keep on coming for the Portland Police Bureau, and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The usual whiners, their attorney’s, and Governor Kate Brown wants law enforcement in Portland to deescalate their response to violence, arson, and looting from the self-absorbed and entitled rioters in Portland.
From the Oregonian:
U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez on June 9 issued a temporary restraining order restricting Portland police from using tear gas except if lives or public safety are at risk. He amended the order on June 26, adding less-lethal weapons to the restrictions and outright banning the use of an ear-splitting warning signal.
Don’t Shoot Portland has asked the judge to sanction the city for allegedly violating his orders and extend the restrictions by granting a preliminary injunction. A hearing is set for next Thursday and Friday.
Someone on the city council is starting to see that 30 days plus of criminal behavior in downtown Portland may create an exodus of businesses, as well as condo owners that have paid an exorbitant of money to work, and live in downtown Portland may vote with their feet. Little Beruit, or Havana on the Willamette River, may become Detroit on the Willamette.
“This case is not about the thousands of people peacefully protesting,” Deputy City Attorney Naomi Sheffield wrote. “It is also not about hateful words or anti-police protests. The City and PPB support protestors’ expression, regardless of content. This case is about the ability of PPB to respond to a nightly deluge of dangerous objects thrown and launched at them and at occupied buildings, nightly fires, and widespread criminal activity.”
The estimated cost of the damage of rioting, looting, and violence is approximately $4.8 million. The cost of police overtime has reached 7 million dollars. This does not count the human cost to police officers.
More than 32 officers also have been injured, many from items thrown at them, including rocks, glass bottles, frozen water bottles, soup or beer cans, fireworks, bricks and steel pellets from sling shots, the court papers said.<
One fire medic was struck in the stomach by a rock launched about one city block away, Simmons wrote. The front of an officer’s uniform caught on fire and another officer required stitches after being hit in the face from a projectile, according to the city.
Don’t Shoot Portland wants to ban the use of Impact Munitions, and Chemical agents no matter how violent the mob becomes. My suggestion would be that judges not grant bail for anyone arrested for a felony-arson, riot, or throwing dangerous objects. Tagging buildings with spray paint that costs more than $700 to clean up is also a felony. That would thin the herd a bit, in a much more benign way for both officers, and someone who might catch an impact munition in the groin.
Beans and wieners every night for several months as a guest of the county might reduce the participants. I’m sure there would be some whining about no turndown service, and no chocolate mints placed on a pillow in their cell.