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Portland police's entire crowd control unit resigns after indictment of officer

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By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) - All members of the crowd control team of Portland police have resigned from their positions in the unit after an officer was indicted on an assault charge stemming from alleged illegal use of force during a protest last year.

"On June 16, 2021, Portland Police Bureau employees serving as members of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) left their voluntary positions and no longer comprise a team", Portland Police said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the employees will continue in their regular assignments.

The unit had about 50 employees, who served as its members, in addition to their daily assignments with the police, according to the statement on Thursday.

Earlier this week, a grand jury indicted a Portland police officer on an assault charge for what prosecutors allege was an "excessive and unlawful use of force" during a protest last summer.

Portland Police Bureau Officer Corey Budworth was indicted on Tuesday with one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from the August 2020 incident, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said.

The indictment marked the first time a Portland police officer faced prosecution stemming from striking or firing at someone during a protest, according to the Oregonian newspaper.

The Portland Police Association described the decision as being "politically driven" and said the officer "has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system."

Last year, Portland saw months of anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd, an African-American who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

The city became the scene of unrest for months, with civil rights, anarchist and anti-fascist protesters scuffling with police and occasionally with right-wing militias and supporters of then U.S. President Donald Trump.

Portland's police declared a riot in multiple of those demonstrations and arrested several people during the course of those months.

Portland police's entire crowd control unit resigns after indictment of officer
 

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WILLIAM HAGERTY
WILLIAM HAGERTY Jun 19, 2021 12:55PM ET
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As the cities crumble....
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jun 19, 2021 11:09AM ET
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No suprise , they have no power anymore . They need to talk to criminals like they talking to kindergarten children, otherwise is police brutality.
Jon Ostling
Jon Ostling Jun 19, 2021 7:36AM ET
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I think the police should just up and leave the place, no honor, respect, its lawlessness let it run its course
Jarod Keren
Jarod Keren Jun 19, 2021 7:14AM ET
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Apparently they dont like crowd control in Portland. Maybe a few devastating riots will change some minds?
Hunt Richardson
Hunt Richardson Jun 19, 2021 3:43AM ET
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they like anarchy there
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Awesome!
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Antifa was all over Portland, a radical violent leftist group.
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Portland is a toilet
 
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