Portland police forced to beg for community’s help in curbing out-of-control violence

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the community’s help in ending a spike in violence across the city.

What’s a brief history here?

According to Fox News, at least 850 shootings have been reported in Portland as of Dec. 24. The outlet noted that there were at least 59 reported shootings in December alone.

“As of Christmas Eve, this year’s shootings had surpassed last year’s by more than 116%, with 393 shootings reported in all of 2019, statistics show,” Fox pointed out. “At least 53 murders have been reported in Portland as of Dec. 24 — the highest yearly total the city has seen in nearly 30 years.”

What’s happening now?

Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell in a Dec. 16 video appealed to the public and insisted that the public needed to lock arms and “do everything we can together to break the cycle of violence.”

“Gun violence has plagued our city at twice the rate of last year,” he said. “On average, someone is shot in Portland roughly every two days.”

“We’ve come together to mask up, to stay home to keep others safe. We have come together to do our best to stop the spread of a deadly disease,” he continued. “Violence is also a disease that kills and our community is suffering the consequences.”

“We cannot lose sight of the fact these are human beings who have died,” Lovell added.

According to a report from KGW-TV, Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Greg Pashley reported that there were at least 225 victims of gun violence in Portland in 2020 alone.

“The number of bullets that must have been flying around our neighborhoods, city streets, sidewalks — it’s awful,” Pashley said.

The bureau is now asking for a a community-wide effort and action to help put a stop to gun violence across the city after its gun violence reduction team was disbanded over the summer.

The team was dismantled after activists and gun control activists said that the bureau was guilty of racism in “stopping people of color disproportionately to others,” the station reported.

Pashley later said that “[s]ocial services, government organizations, non-government organizations, church based [organizations]” are of utmost importance “so that people feel as if they have support and options other than to act out violently.”

What else?

Sgt. Kenneth Duilio — who worked on the now-disbanded gun violence reduction task force for approximately 19 years — said that many of the killings are gang-related.

“Theyr’e all connected,” he said. “And some of these connections don’t just go back, like, for a few weeks or a few months. They go back years and years.”

10 thoughts on “Portland police forced to beg for community’s help in curbing out-of-control violence

  1. Do we get to use superior FIREPOWER, SHOOT TO KILL– TO ENSURE THEY NEVER murder anyone ever again, and is there a cash reward?

    WE, THE PEOPLE never once told you to STAND DOWN AND LET THE ANIMALS RUN WILD!

    So if we NOW HAVE TO GET YOU BACK TO EVEN GROUND, and, it Is ALL YOUR FAULT FOR NOT DOING YOUR DAMNED JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    1. Give the police a lot of AK’s………..If those terrorists want to murder, then its time for them to live in Potters Field…….Those terrorists have signed their own demise……..

  2. This is what uncontrolled Liberalism results in, anarchy. It’s time the Governor proclaimed Martial Law in Portland and started kicking butt on anyone found outside with a gun or engaging in any kind of criminal activity. A mandatory incarceration of anyone found convicted. Any outsider found commuting a crime should receive a minimum 5 year sentence with no parole.

  3. The community are the one’s that keep voting in these people so hope the police don’t think they can depend on the community. Those that would support the police would be the first put in jail if they tried to do anything.

  4. The police should really be calling on the politicians who have created the problems to help out. Every time the police feel burdened they need to call the mayor and the other city officers to come out and help on the ground.

  5. The people don’t want to help means they don’t care. The police should stay away & let the community have what they’re not fighting off

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