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The following headline comes from an article published on the Oregonian’s website, Oregonlive. The article has been republished by Microsoft News. The original article is behind a paywall:
‘Overworked, overwhelmed and burned out’: Why Portland cops say they’re leaving in droves – Maxine Bernstein, March 4, 2021
The Oregonian obtained exit forms filled out by Portland police officers through a public records request. An exit form is not required from an officer when they choose to leave the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). 115 officers have left the PPB since July 1. According to the article, “to include 74 who have retired, and 41 who resigned.”
Some notable quotes from the exit forms:
In 31 exit interview statements, the employees who turned in their badges or retired were brutally frank about their reasons for getting out.
“The community shows zero support. The city council are raging idiots, in addition to being stupid. Additionally, the mayor and council ignore actual facts on crime and policing in favor of radical leftist and anarchists fantasy. What’s worse is ppb command (lt. and above) is arrogantly incompetent and cowardly,” one retiring detective wrote.
“The only differences between the Titanic and PPB?” he continued. “Deck chairs and a band.”
Some of the police who are leaving said they’ve found little to no support from City Hall. One training officer who retired in January also said officers are “de-policing due to fear of being accused of excessive force.”
“What the city council has done to beat down the officers’ willingness to do police work is unfathomable,” he wrote. “I have never seen morale so low. Officers leaving mid-career and sometimes sooner to go to other agencies. Officers retiring when they would have stayed longer if the situation were different.”
He said he knew it was time to go because he stopped looking forward to work that he once loved.
“It is no longer a fun place to work …There is no end in sight and the negatives far exceed anything positive … hate what Portland has become.’’
Portland is not the only city that is losing police officers. Portland was a lovely city at one time, it has become a dysfunctional mess, both visually and metaphysically.
From another Oregonian article:
Contemplating the 266 shootings and 25 homicides in just the first three months of this year, Antoinette Edwards was struggling to understand how Portland city commissioners could oppose the mayor’s proposal to restart a Portland Police gun-violence team.
What more do commissioners need to know to understand the trauma neighbors feel about repeated shootings on their street, Edwards, who headed the city’s office of violence prevention for 10 years, asked at a Thursday press conference. What daily data report can bring the reality of the threat home to commissioners? How many more loved ones need to die before commissioners match the urgency of this crisis with courageous action of their own?
Instead, City Commissioners Mingus Mapps, Dan Ryan and Carmen Rubio countered with their own plan to tap Portland’s former fire chief to lead the city’s gun violence strategy; hand out $3.5 million to unspecified community groups who work with communities affected by gun-violence in some manner; and add park rangers – armed only with the authority to ban those who don’t follow their rules – to patrol the city’s parks around-the-clock.
One has to wonder how many wounded, and dead unarmed park rangers will be acceptable human sacrifices to further Woke social engineering.Published in