The entire Portland police crowd management team resigns after police are charged

The entire Portland police crowd management team resigns after police are charged

The Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team, which is primarily responsible for providing public safety at crowd events, consisted of approximately 50 officers, all of whom resigned Wednesday, the bureau announced.

According to a statement on Thursday, the unit had about 50 employees who served as its members, in addition to its daily duties with the police.

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

Despite no longer serving as volunteers with RRT, the officers will continue with their regular assignments, the bureau said.

Members of the team are trained in advanced skills related to crowd management, crowd psychology and behavior, team formations and movements, the use of enhanced personal protective equipment, use of force, and de-escalation and arrests. "I think this has very deep roots in some really just. unbelievable things that [RRT officers] have been subjected to over the last 14 months, particularly in the second half of 2020". "The location of Officer Budworth's last baton push was accidental, not criminal".

"All that being said, as your police bureau, we are committed to providing the community the best service that we can", Davis said.

Schmidt released a statement in response to the mass resignation of the Rapid Response Team, saying, "I have confidence that the Bureau will continue their mission to maintain public safety". "My office will continue to do everything we can to ensure justice is done without error or delay and that we make sure our work and practices are rooted in fairness and equity".

"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 Tuesday after a Multnomah County grand jury charged Budworth with one count of fourth-degree assault related to the August 18, 2020, incident. 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.

The effective disbanding of the team, which handles Portland's protest activity, forced Mayor Ted Wheeler to scramble Thursday to come up with enough officers to staff that night's unrest.

The charge stemmed from violent anti-racism protests that rocked the city, in the state of OR, last year.

"I want to acknowledge the toll this past year has taken on them and their families-they have worked long hours under hard conditions", Wheeler writes.

The Epoch Times has reached out to the Portland Police Bureau for comment.

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.

The Portland Police Association explained that the decision was "political-led", and police officers said they were "in trouble with the agenda-led city leaders and the politicized criminal justice system".

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".

"In this case, we allege that no legal justification existed for Officer Budworth's deployment of force, and that the deployment of force was legally excessive under the circumstances", Schmidt said in a statement on Tuesday.

But lawyers for Teri Jacobs, the independent photojournalist who was named as the victim in the indictment against Budworth, said the resignations from the team demonstrate "the contempt its members feel for even the possibility that one of their colleagues is held accountable for his actions". On Tuesday, Schmidt's office said that RRT Detective Erik Kammerer is now being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice for his actions against protesters in 2020.

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