KATU News asked PPB multiple times last week for comment, hoping to find out how the city can keep up these overtime costs but never heard back. On Monday, a PPB spokesperson cited Labor Day as the reason for not providing comment.
Over the summer, the Portland City Council voted to defund the police department by $15 million, although it fell short of the $50 million demanded by activists. The police bureau eliminated its Gun Violence Reduction Team at the direction of the city council — a move that coincided with “the highest number of murders in one month than has been seen in over 30 years,” as Breitbart News reported. Fifteen murders occurred in Portland in July 2020 following the July 1 elimination of the Gun Violence Reduction Team. Portland also saw 63 shootings in July, up from the 28 seen in July 2019.
While Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden (D) denies that he supports defunding the police, he seeks to “re-direct” police funding, which essentially has the same effect. Additionally, his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), has encouraged voters to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), which openly supports defunding the police: