Opinion

Entire Rapid Response Team At Portland Police Bureau Resigned

The entire Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team (RRT) has resigned because the Multnomah County Prosecutor decided to indict and charge one of their own instead of the rioters. Essentially this means there will likely be no significant response from Portland Police during Antifa riots.

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The Portland Police Rapid Response Team during an Antifa riot

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. Its members were sworn employees of the Portland Police who served on RRT in addition to their daily assignment in the Bureau. Despite no longer serving on RRT, they will continue in their regular assignments. There were approximately 50 employees serving as RRT members.

Excerpt from PPB press release

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The team met on Wednesday and voted to resign.

On the night of August 18, 2020, Antifa militants threw a Molotov cocktail into the County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters as the Rapid Response Team struggled to contain the riot.

In a statement released after the indictment, Schmidt said “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.”

“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,” Schmidt said.

Budworth is accused of hitting activist photographer and rioter Teri Jacobs with a baton. Videos posted to social media shows Budworth hitting Jacobs in the head from behind, then again as she falls to the ground, OPB reports. Video of the incident circulated on social media.

Kate Daviscourt at The Post Millennial

 

The Multnomah District Attorney decided to charge Officer Corey Budworth with Fourth Degree Assault following an Antifa riot. Keep in mind that Jacobs did not come forward as a complainant until an attorney saw the video footage and suggested that Jacobs should press charges on Budworth.

During the encounter, an officer began to take one of the rioters into custody. Other rioters interfered with the arrest. RRT officers, including Officer Budworth, used their Police Bureau-issued batons to try and stop the crowd’s criminal activity. Per his training and in response to the active aggression of a rioter interfering with a lawful arrest, Officer Budworth used baton pushes to move a rioter, now known to be Teri Jacobs, out of the area. As Officer Budworth cleared Ms. Jacobs from the area to stop her criminal activity, Ms. Jacobs fell to the ground. Reasonably believing that she was getting back up to re-engage in her unlawful activities, Officer Budworth employed one last baton push to try and keep her on the ground, which accidentally struck Ms. Jacobs in the head. The location of Officer Budworth’s last baton push was accidental, not criminal. He faced a violent and chaotic, rapidly evolving situation, and he used the lowest level of baton force—a push; not a strike or a jab—to remove Ms. Jacobs from the area.

Portland Police Association

Let’s see…how many times have we seen Antifa rioters beat people, harass bystanders and homeowners, throw firebombs at police, set fire to public buildings, etc. One activist gets hit with a riot baton and suddenly the policeman is the bad guy. The action prompted the resignation of the entire Rapid Response Team.

It is also important to know that Officer Corey Budworth is a committed public servant of the highest integrity. He has spent four of his six years as a PPB officer as a highly trained member of PPB’s Rapid Response Team (RRT). In his service with RRT and his deployment at hundreds of protests and demonstrations, Officer Budworth has never faced any sustained force complaints.

Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system.

Portland Police Association

The Portland Police have “no idea” what’s going to happen now that their Rapid Response Team has disbanded. They had the special gear that regular officers do not have, and manpower is at an extremely low level. There are calls for massive “protests” this coming weekend, which if they run true to form, will likely end up in riots. Antifa never lets a good crisis go to waste.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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