The charge at heart of the ruling is called "civil disorder," and stems from a 1968 law which the U.S. Justice Department has used extensively to crack down on crimes it says were committed during last summer's protests.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday he hopes to reinstate a police bureau program to rehire recently retired police officers in an attempt to shore up the bureau’s staffing and help tackle a worsening gun violence crisis.
The tepid police response has led some in Portland to doubt that the bureau is doing everything in its power to respond to emergency calls. An email obtained by OPB shows that skepticism is not limited to protesters - it has reached the highest level at City Hall.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler indicated Wednesday he believed the city’s police force had bungled the response to a violent political protest on Aug. 22 during which far-right and counterdemonstrators brawled in downtown and Northeast Portland without law enforcement intervention.
After facing criticism from the community and questions from city commissioners about its lack of involvement during political clashes on Aug. 22, Portland Police Bureau leadership say they are investigating more than a dozen people for crimes committed during the day’s violence between far-right groups and anti-fascists.