Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Reverses On ‘Defund The Police’ Stance, Seeks Police Funding For Out Of Control Crime, Murders

Credit: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian


Days after Portland recorded its 20th homicide, Mayor Ted Wheeler said Thursday he’ll seek $2 million in one-time funding to allow more proactive policing on city streets with greater civilian oversight to try to stem a growing wave of gun violence.

The mayor made the announcement alongside religious and community leaders, who urged city officials to take immediate action to prevent more people from dying in shootings, particularly young Black and brown people who have been disproportionately affected by the violence.

The interfaith group called for bringing back a dedicated uniformed police patrol team that would “act on criminal intelligence” to try to intercept and seize guns, work to prevent shootings and retaliatory violence in the city.

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