Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Governor Kate Brown issued a big plan to reduce Portland protest violence by invoking Washington and Clackamas county police to lend their staff support. Both Washington and Clackamas County Sheriff’s office sent separate public press releases rejecting such idea.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts on Monday said “Had Governor Brown discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it’s about changing policy, not adding resources.”
Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said, “The lack of political support for public safety, the uncertain legal landscape, the current volatility combined with intense scrutiny on use of force presents an unacceptable risk if deputies were deployed directly”
On one hand, you have Sheriff’s reluctance to help because of a previous lawsuit where Washington helped Portland and someone was wounded which resulted in a million dollar lawsuit. Portland is a well-known place where lawyers descend like wolves on the actions of Portland City government and sometimes the government appears eager to issue settlements.
On the other hand, as Washington County Pat Garrett implied, Portland is a place where their very own leaders have abandoned their law enforcement. They cut their budget in record speed, they pull them from school safety as if they were the criminals, they refuse to denounce the violence in the streets for most of the summer and finally, the Mayor Ted Wheeler, even joined the ‘abolish the police’ and ‘no good cop’ protest which made him a national joke.
After the rebuke, Gov. Brown’s office made a statement where she seemed to backtrack staff support by implying that she was only asking for flexibility in County Sheriffs working together.
Read full Oregonian article here.
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