(Liberty Bell) – The city of Portland, Oregon is an absolute mess.
This bastion of progressive politics, where Antifa is allowed to run the streets barely molested, provoking local police regularly and violently attacking public and private property alike, is ravaged with crime that make it hard to believe the city’s far-left policies are doing a thing to promote “justice.”
The Gateway Pundit reports that the city saw nearly 900 shootings for the year of 2020—yes, 900 shootings.
Out of those 900 shootings, 225 people were struck and 53 killed.
In other instances, victims were hospitalized yet refused to cooperate with police.
Let that sink in for a minute—victims of shootings in Portland are more afraid of violent criminals than they are of the police.
And yet you want to tell me that it’s the police who pose a threat to civilians? Give me a break.
All this firearm violence, of course, is in spite of the state legislature’s passage of several new anti-gun laws over the last few years.
This included so-called “universal background checks” and “red-flag laws.”
There have also been almost 70 stabbings in the city.
TGP notes that these are the worst crime rates seen in the city since the crime peak of the early 90’s.
KOIN 6 reports that it’s not just gun violence that has been ravaging the city—a 53-year-old man was arrested last week for a series of random baseball bat attacks.
The article points to the significant loss of personnel faced by the Portland Police Bureau, something which anyone who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention to goings on in Rose City over the last year could understand.
“The PPB also faces a wave of retirements and resignations. Since the protests and riots started in June, 74 officers have left the bureau and another 25-32 are expected to leave by the end of January,” the local outlet reported.
By the way, that’s out if 1,001 positions on the force, 100 of which are already vacant—leaving the bureau short-handed by as much as 20%.
In the month of August alone, 48 cops retired.
Cops have been leaving in droves for smaller jurisdictions where they will receive less pay all, it appears, to get the heck out of dodge.
And the loss of personnel is hitting the city hard.
In one sickening story, a group of neighbors had to work together to track down a pervert who had been trying to sneak into little girls’ rooms at night.
Police simply didn’t have the resources to stop this creep. The neighbors were eventually able to ID him and thankfully he was arrested.
Any American should have the means to protect themselves—but in 2020, for the taxes Portland residents are no doubt subject to, they should be able to expect decent law enforcement.
But it’s now en vogue to defund these departments—what do people expect will happen in other cities as personnel is booted from the force or police officers also begin leaving in droves?
During the months-long riots that raged downtown over the summer, the bureau could only spare one detective to investigate robberies.
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