Prediction: The Riots Are Returning to Portland

 

On Tuesday, the Multnomah County Grand Jury, led by the Soros supported DA, handed down an indictment charging a Portland police officer with a misdemeanor assault for striking a “protester” with a baton during a riot. The officer was a member of the Rapid Response Team, which is responsible for crowd control, including demonstrations, protests and riots. The team is made up of volunteers. Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

Antifa pays attention to the news. The next riot will begin in five … four … three … two…

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  1. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk and
    @Misthiocracy

    The riots never stopped. They simply went from a roiling boil to a low simmer. What else do you call a steady state of affairs in which one can shoplift and vandalize with impunity if not a slow-motion riot?

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  2. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    Good for these officers. I hope Portland enjoys their election results.

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  3. KentForrester Moderator
    KentForrester
    @KentForrester

    The Left might as well write an manual with instructions about how to turn a clean and pleasant city into a place where families are afraid to frequent. (I’ve heard from friends of mine that they won’t be shopping in Portland again,). Graffiti and boarded-up windows are all over the central core.

    There are almost no window shoppers strolling around the downtown core anymore.

    A small group of young men who fancy themselves anarchists come out at night to break windows. They’ve ruined Portland.

    Can Portland bounce back soon?  Or will its reputation last for years?

    What a shame!

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  4. Nohaaj Coolidge
    Nohaaj
    @Nohaaj

    Captain French: Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

    If I interpret this article correctly, the officers did not resign from the force, only from the voluntary option of being part of the Rapid Response Team.  The city contract with the police force allows them to assign officers to teams at their discretion.  To me this sounds like a value signal by the officers to resign en masse, who will likely all be assigned to the Rapid Response Team for future details. 

    Per the article: The current contract with the union says the City retains “the exclusive right to exercise the customary functions of management including, but not limited to, directing the activities of the Bureau, determining the levels of service and methods of operation… the right to hire, lay off, transfer and promote; to discipline or discharge for cause, to determine work schedules and assign work and any other such rights not specifically referred to in this Contract.”

    Still, good for the officers to publicly show their displeasure, disdain, distrust, etc with the weak kneed, liberal DA and mayor’s office. 

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  5. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk and
    @Misthiocracy

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    The Left might as well write an manual with instructions about how to turn a clean and pleasant city into a place where families are afraid to frequent. (I’ve heard from friends of mine that they won’t be shopping in Portland again,). Graffiti and boarded-up windows are all over the central core.

    There are almost no window shoppers strolling around the downtown core anymore.

    A small group of young men who fancy themselves anarchists come out at night to break windows. They’ve ruined Portland.

    Can Portland bounce back soon? Or will its reputation last for years?

    What a shame!

    The dream of 1990s Detroit is alive in Portland.

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  6. Kozak Member
    Kozak
    @Kozak

    Let. It.Burn.

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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Let. It.Burn.

    The only problem with that is, the embers from those fires (metaphorically speaking) get blown far and wide, igniting other fires.  No city, and no people, are safe now.

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  8. JustmeinAZ Member
    JustmeinAZ
    @JustmeinAZ

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Let. It.Burn.

    Triple like.

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  9. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Captain French: Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

    If I interpret this article correctly, the officers did not resign from the force, only from the voluntary option of being part of the Rapid Response Team. The city contract with the police force allows them to assign officers to teams at their discretion. To me this sounds like a value signal by the officers to resign en masse, who will likely all be assigned to the Rapid Response Team for future details.

    Per the article: The current contract with the union says the City retains “the exclusive right to exercise the customary functions of management including, but not limited to, directing the activities of the Bureau, determining the levels of service and methods of operation… the right to hire, lay off, transfer and promote; to discipline or discharge for cause, to determine work schedules and assign work and any other such rights not specifically referred to in this Contract.”

    Still, good for the officers to publicly show their displeasure, disdain, distrust, etc with the weak kneed, liberal DA and mayor’s office.

    We’ll see. I don’t know how the contract is worded, but the police union is pretty strong. And the city and the union are in contract negotiations. This could strengthen their hands.

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  10. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    The riots never stopped. They simply went from a roiling boil to a low simmer. What else do you call a steady state of affairs in which one can shoplift and vandalize with impunity if not a slow-motion riot?

    The shoplifting with impunity is San Francisco. I think Portland is still prosecuting thefts.

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  11. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    The Left might as well write an manual with instructions about how to turn a clean and pleasant city into a place where families are afraid to frequent. (I’ve heard from friends of mine that they won’t be shopping in Portland again,). Graffiti and boarded-up windows are all over the central core.

    There are almost no window shoppers strolling around the downtown core anymore.

    A small group of young men who fancy themselves anarchists come out at night to break windows. They’ve ruined Portland.

    Can Portland bounce back soon? Or will its reputation last for years?

    What a shame!

    I don’t think Portland has fallen enough yet that its citizens will vote for a change.

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  12. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Any update on the number of Portland police officers retiring or leaving the force?  I’d leave too if local government (the DA) and citizens (who would be on a jury) didn’t have my back . . .

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  13. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Captain French (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Captain French: Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

    If I interpret this article correctly, the officers did not resign from the force, only from the voluntary option of being part of the Rapid Response Team. The city contract with the police force allows them to assign officers to teams at their discretion. To me this sounds like a value signal by the officers to resign en masse, who will likely all be assigned to the Rapid Response Team for future details.

    Per the article: The current contract with the union says the City retains “the exclusive right to exercise the customary functions of management including, but not limited to, directing the activities of the Bureau, determining the levels of service and methods of operation… the right to hire, lay off, transfer and promote; to discipline or discharge for cause, to determine work schedules and assign work and any other such rights not specifically referred to in this Contract.”

    Still, good for the officers to publicly show their displeasure, disdain, distrust, etc with the weak kneed, liberal DA and mayor’s office.

    We’ll see. I don’t know how the contract is worded, but the police union is pretty strong. And the city and the union are in contract negotiations. This could strengthen their hands.

    In other places it’s said that the Rapid Response Team is voluntary.  No mention of whether some can be assigned to it, involuntarily, if there aren’t enough volunteers.  But even if the RRT is totally volunteer, I suppose the same officers could just be assigned to some other area that has the same function.  Then they would need to resign completely, if they really want out.

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  14. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Stad (View Comment):

    Any update on the number of Portland police officers retiring or leaving the force? I’d leave too if local government (the DA) and citizens (who would be on a jury) didn’t have my back . . .

    According to the Washington Examiner Some 115 officers have left the PPB since July 1 of last year — the highest in at least 15 years. As of March, 93 officer positions remain open, as well as 43 civilian positions, according to a report.

    The RRT is strictly voluntarily, and officer’s in the RRT do not receive extra pay for RRT duties. Contract negotiations have reached an impasse and will go to arbitration.

    Without the RRT merchants that have not boarded-up their windows better get on the phone to have it done.

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  15. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Captain French: Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

    If I interpret this article correctly, the officers did not resign from the force, only from the voluntary option of being part of the Rapid Response Team. The city contract with the police force allows them to assign officers to teams at their discretion. To me this sounds like a value signal by the officers to resign en masse, who will likely all be assigned to the Rapid Response Team for future details.

    Per the article: The current contract with the union says the City retains “the exclusive right to exercise the customary functions of management including, but not limited to, directing the activities of the Bureau, determining the levels of service and methods of operation… the right to hire, lay off, transfer and promote; to discipline or discharge for cause, to determine work schedules and assign work and any other such rights not specifically referred to in this Contract.”

    Still, good for the officers to publicly show their displeasure, disdain, distrust, etc with the weak kneed, liberal DA and mayor’s office.

    The RRT has now lost all 70 of their members. Good luck finding any Portland officer that’s willing to volunteer. This is a shot across the bow to city government, the Multnomah County DA, and the downtown merchant’s will have to make decision to board-up, or get out downtown.

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  16. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Captain French and I posted about the same thing. We think alike, and have some, albeit from a distance, some shared history in law enforcement in the Portland area.

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  17. Peter Meza Member
    Peter Meza
    @PeterMeza

    I was in Portland three weeks ago and the riot zone as evidenced by graffiti and boarded up windows seemed to be fairly well contained to several city blocks anchored by the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Nothing was going on in the light of day. We crossed the river from the east and came into downtown and one of the very first things I noticed was an upscale restaurants with big windows. Each window was beautifully lettered and the restaurant was full on a Saturday afternoon. Not a hint of graffiti or destruction. My opinion of Portland was improving a bit.

    However further exploration of downtown reveals a great deal of homelessness. Opinion restored to default setting.

    Here is a photo from Lewis and Clark law school that I took on my visit provided as a contrast to the rioting images.

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  18. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    Peter Meza (View Comment):

    I was in Portland three weeks ago and the riot zone as evidenced by graffiti and boarded up windows seemed to be fairly well contained to several city blocks anchored by the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Nothing was going on in the light of day. We crossed the river from the east and came into downtown and one of the very first things I noticed was an upscale restaurants with big windows. Each window was beautifully lettered and the restaurant was full on a Saturday afternoon. Not a hint of graffiti or destruction. My opinion of Portland was improving a bit.

    However further exploration of downtown reveals a great deal of homelessness. Opinion restored to default setting.

    Here is a photo from Lewis and Clark law school that I took on my visit provided as a contrast to the rioting images.

    Coincidentally, my alma mater.

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  19. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Banned on Fox News, when it really mattered in the 2020 election:

    https://www.bitchute.com/embed/LMgYjiaRtZqD/

    Not a problem when it was irrelevant clickbait in 2019:

     

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  20. Samuel Block Support
    Samuel Block
    @SamuelBlock

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Let. It.Burn.

    I hope not. It’s a lovely town (and I was only there the one time in October of last year!), with lots of nice people; maybe a little too nice…

     But I hope they figure it out. 

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