Entire Portland Police crowd control unit resigns after officer indicted on protest assault charge

6/18/2021 11:57:00 AM

The team consisted of about 50 officers.

The mass resignation comes a day after a grand jury indicted Portland Police Bureau Officer Corey Budworth on one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for what prosecutors allege was an"excessive and unlawful use of force" during a protest in August 2020.

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Budworth, who at the time was on the bureau's Rapid Response Team, is accused of striking a woman in the head with a baton during an Aug. 18, 2020, demonstration outside the Multnomah Building. The indictment marks the first time a Portland police officer has faced prosecution for striking or firing at someone during a protest,

.Noah Berger/AP, FILEPolice use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., Sept. 5, 2020.The Portland Police Bureau placed Budworth on administrative leave Tuesday, officials said.The officers, detectives and sergeants on the Rapid Response Team voted to offer their resignation from the assignment at a meeting Wednesday night, Acting Chief Chris Davis said during a press briefing. headtopics.com

Two law enforcement sources close to the team told ABC News the officers decided the assault charge reflected too much hostility towards their police work, and they did not see a way forward in being members of the team facing sometimes violent protests in downtown Portland.

Davis said the bureau, including the members of the Rapid Response Team, has been under a"tremendous amount of stress" due to the coronavirus pandemic and in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, during which he said Portland saw over 150 nights of"sustained civil unrest."

"All that being said, as your police bureau, we are committed to providing the community the best service that we can," Davis said."This does not mean there will be no response in public order situations. We'll use the resources that we have."

John Rudoff/Sipa USA via AP, FILEDemonstrations continue at the Portland, Oregon East Precinct on August 30, 2020 for the 95th consecutive day to protest police brutality and racial inequities.In October, Daryl Turner, then-president of the Portland Police Association, the union representing officers, called on the city's mayor and police chief to"stand up and publicly support Police Bureau members who voluntarily serve on the Rapid Response Team," saying the officers were"exhausted and injured" due to the protests. headtopics.com

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"The only glue holding their team together is their integrity and commitment to serve their city," Turner wrote in anopen letter."They deserve better."Following the indictment, the Portland Police Association said in a statement that Budworth was"caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system."

The union said Budworth accidentally struck the woman, Teri Jacobs, in the head with his baton while trying to break up a riot, and alleged Jacobs was interfering with an arrest. Read more: ABC News »

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Oh, no! A police officer is being held responsible for his actions, so the rest of his team quit?! Good. They have shown who they are, not the kind of people who should be police officers. Accountability is everything. They are a toxic racist group and should be disbanded. Thank you for doing it yourself and saving taxpayers money

In 2 years all police will be privatized by corporations. 2 years later they will be bigger than the military. 1 year later skynet launches nukes. And we will have terminator vs. Robocop. Melt their badges and make them a paperweight. Great, they need to be gone! Well good luck Portland. You’ve been a war zone now for a year for really no valid reason and now the people that were “volunteering” to try to keep some kind of peace have left. Wake up you’re city will soon be gone

Wouldn't live in dat sheethole. [Bye, Felicia] Cops: “We don’t want reform, it’s just a few bad apples.” Those bad apples are caught and charged. Also, cops: “F- you, we’re with the bad apples.” The cops are the problem. Full stop. Yessss. I have been waiting for this. Thank god. Let Portland burn. Don’t let the door hitcha.

You can see how stupid people are by reading the comments AFTER you read the article “... the officers decided the assault charge reflected too much hostility towards their police work...” HUH? Obviously “their work” is based in hostility. Time to train better people. PortlandPolice Portland got what it wanted. Now continue burning it down

Portland is a shit hole and deserves every bit of crime and lawlessness it gets. The cops there should up and leave and let the DA and the politicans handle these rioters and criminals From what I understand there are plenty of entry level service jobs open in the fast food and hospitality areas. They shouldn't be unemployed for long.

Lefties keeping Portland safe, huh? What a joke! Bye betchezz Quitting because they can't beat another human being without just cause...Just pathetic!

Telling my supervisor tomorrow I am “resigning” from 15% of what I’m told to do. Sure it’ll be fine. Fuck them all. This childish bullying tactic should be ignored. So police only want to police when they immune & free to harm citizens🤔...seems healthy. Need a slogan outside of serve & protect guise. nice