Democrat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced on Tuesday that law enforcement will not be doing much enforcing at all.
Police officers in Oregon’s capital have been told to stand down when it comes to low-level classified traffic infractions, which include broken headlights and expired plates, unless officers have determined a threat. When an officer pulls over a civilian, the policeman is now required to capture a video of consent prior to searching the vehicle, and the person may refuse.
“I know we have a lot more work to do, but these changes constitute significant progress in our work to reimagine our public safety system for the better and to continue operationalizing our city core values of anti-racism, communication, collaboration, equity, transparency, and fiscal responsibility,” Wheeler said. “The goal of these two changes is to make our safety safer and more equitable.”
Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell participated in the conference with Wheeler, which took place over video. Lovell said the department is operating on “limited resources and we’re trying to direct those resources most appropriately,” a result of failed Democrat policies that have led to shorthanded precincts and unfettered crime.
Portland emerged as one of the first cities nationwide to defund the police, slashing the budget by $16 million in June 2020. Riots ravaged the capital for 100 days straight, as Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists took to the streets.
“But given the resources that we have and the limited time officers have to do this type of enforcement, I’m directing our sworn personnel to focus on safety violations and enforcement and high crash corridors,” Wheeler said. “Stops of nonmoving violations or lower-level infractions are still allowed, but with an emphasis on safety and have actionable investigative factor to them.”
Dru Draper, communications director for the Oregon Senate GOP, told The Federalist Wheeler is going against basic data. He also indicated Democrats in the legislature are gearing up to pass a budget that only bolsters the number of Oregon State Police Troopers by 28 officers.
“These traffic stops often lead to stopping larger crimes,” Draper said. “Over the
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