Couldn’t happen to a nicer city
Adapted from the Wall Street Journal:
Although 14 openings have been posted since May, only four candidates have applied to work with the new version of Portland Oregon’s gun violence reduction team. It was shut down last year amid long-running protests seeking racial justice and an overhaul of police practices.
Portland officers say such positions, once considered prestigious, are now less desirable, given the increased scrutiny that accompanies them. The new unit has its own citizen-advisory board [as does Madison WI for its entire police department], instituted after the old unit was criticized by city leaders for racial profiling. A job description says qualifications include the ability to fight systemic racism.
“They’re demonizing and vilifying you, and then they want to put you in a unit where you’re under an even bigger microscope,” said the head of the Portland police officers union. …
“Martin Luther King couldn’t dismantle systematic racism. Now you want a cop to do it?”
— a veteran Portland officer said of the new unit
With 53 homicides so far this year, Portland is on pace to surpass its all-time high. … the Portland City Council last summer voted to cut $15 million from the police department, including the 38-person gun-violence team.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Progressivism is fatal.