Portland police's rapid response team resigns after year of civil unrest

Portland police's rapid response team resigns after year of civil unrest

Portland police's rapid response team resigns after year of civil unrest

"Per his training and in response to the active aggression of a rioter interfering with a lawful arrest, Officer Budworth used baton pushes to move a rioter, now known to be Teri Jacobs, out of the area", the police union stated.

A group of about 50 police officers who had served voluntarily on a specialized crowd control unit in Portland have stepped down from the squad after a year of sometimes violent clashes with protesters, the city's Police Department said Thursday.

"Officer Budworth employed one last baton push to try and keep her on the ground, which accidentally struck Ms. Jacobs in the head".

"[The RRT's] members were sworn employees of the Portland Police who served on RRT in addition to their daily assignment in the Bureau", reads the press statement.

"After almost 75 consecutive nights of violence, destruction, and mayhem, a small group of RRT officers - including Officer Budworth - were again tasked with dealing with the riot", the Associated continued.

"After almost 75 consecutive nights of violence, destruction, and mayhem, a small group of RRT (Rapid Response Team) officers - including Officer Budworth - were again tasked with dealing with the riot", the Portland Police Association said.

Every officer, sergeant and detective involved in the unit on Wednesday announced they would no longer be members of the Rapid Response Team, deployed regularly over the a year ago due to ongoing protests across the city.

"I don't think it is just an indictment that caused this to happen", he told reporters.

Davis, who is now serving as PPB's acting chief while PPB Chief Chuck Lovell attends training out-of-state, said officers did mention Budworth's criminal charges in their resignation letter. "If you put a human being through what they were put through, that takes a toll".

"I would expect the DA to act in good faith to address any criminal issues that come up among our members", Davis said. As law enforcement officials, we recognize that community members and law enforcement officers alike are responsible for their conduct and that our judicial system is created to address wrongdoing equally, whether by community members or law enforcement officers. "I personally heard from some of them today, and I appreciate their willingness to share their concerns about managing the many public gatherings that often were violent and destructive".

The charge stemmed from violent anti-racism protests that rocked the city, in the state of OR, last year. He has spent four of his six years as a PPB officer as a highly trained member of PPB's Rapid Response Team (RRT).

"Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system", the Portland Police Association said in their statement on Wednesday.

On June 15, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced his office charged Budworth "with one count of fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor, for physically injuring someone during an August 18, 2020, protest".

Budworth was indicted on fourth-degree assault charges by a Multnomah County grand jury on Tuesday, making him the first PPB officer to face criminal charges for use of force during a demonstration.

"Once the full picture is revealed, we are confident that justice will prevail, and Officer Budworth will be exonerated of all charges", the statement conceded.

Schmidt noted that other use-of-force incidents are still under review and that his office has referred an investigation into Portland Police Det.

Budworth, accused of using unnecessary force against photojournalist and provocateur, Teri Jacobs, during a declared riot on August 18, had initially been cleared after an internal investigation by the police department. In Portland, those challenges included large and sometimes violent demonstrations that strained our local resources and repeatedly placed officers in the hard position of policing large and sometimes hostile crowds.

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