Like so many large cities across the United States, Portland is currently engulfed in fighting a second pandemic on top of Covid-19.
“In the last year we have seen a stunning amount of gun violence,” [Portland City Commissioner] Mapps told CNN.
“Gang violence has caught fire like a wildfire. And now we are in a dysfunctional cycle of potentially revenge shootings,” he said.
[Police Chief Chuck] Lovell agrees that some of the reform from 2020’s sustained protests had a positive impact on their policing. But he says many of those positives are now overshadowed by the fallout, which he says is partly to blame for a significant officer shortage that continues to plague them.
He wrote in last year’s opening letter in Portland Police Bureau’s Annual Report that the force no longer has the “ability to provide service to our community in the ways in which they continue to ask for.”
— Jason Morris and Ryan Young in Portland, Oregon, police challenged in ‘really tough environment’ as violence spikes