No city in the U.S. has had more riots, protests, disturbances and flat out chaos than Portland.
If that continues to be the case, there might not be any riot police to handle Antifa and other groups intent on destruction.
Every one of Portland’s 50 elite and highly trained riot police resigned in solidarity during a union meeting in response to the indictment of fellow officer Corey Budworth, who allegedly assaulted a photographer with his baton during one of the nightly riots last August.
All of the resignations were effective immediately, but all of the officers will remain employed by the Portland Police Department. They will just no longer be part of the riot squad.
Here’s what the police union in Portland said about the action of the officers. “Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system.”
Video of the incident involving Budworth circulated on social media after it happened. He appears to push a woman named Teri Jacobs, and then striking her in the head with his baton.
Numerous cops on the scene insist that despite the fact Jacobs was carrying a press pass and acting as a photographer, she was an active participant in the riot. She was not charged with a crime, and was paid a $50,000 settlement from the City of Portland.
The incident came near the end of almost 75 consecutive days of rioting in downtown Portland.