They need an extra 5mil in cops!
widely derided as America’s most woke city – has become the latest to announce plans to refund its police department, amid a huge crime spike.
The Oregon city’s mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday that he is seeking an extra $5million this fall, after Portland recorded more murders than during any previous year in its history, with two months of 2021 still to go.
He joins fellow progressive Lori Lightfoot – the Mayor of Chicago – who earlier this year announced a funding spree for the Windy City’s law enforcement having previously backed defunding measures, with a crime spiral ensuing.
The violent city has reported 73 murders so far in 2021 alone – more than its previous record of 66, which was recorded across the whole of 1987 – which the FBI has attributed to the pandemic, economic hardships, hang-related crime and a mental health crisis.
But Portland is also famed for its regular, far-left Antifa protests, with many of its denizens strongly supporting plans to defund or even abolish its police department.
Those calls reached a fever pitch in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police in May 2020, with the city council defunding its police budget by $15 million just three weeks later.
As a result ‘many Portlanders no longer feel safe in their city,’ the mayor said during a news conference earlier this week and in response he’s asking for money to hire more officers and invest in more body cameras.