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Portland among US cities adding funds to police departments

Nov. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon's largest city, demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Among the rallying cries were “defund the police” — a call for elected officials...

Feds recommend body cameras for Portland, Oregon, police

Nov. 16, 2021 14:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is recommending that all uniformed officers in Portland, Oregon, wear body cameras if they are on tactical, traffic or crowd control operations. Oregon's largest city has been in negotiations with the police union over...

Portland, Oregon, mayor proposes increasing police budget

Nov. 03, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A year after Portland’s police department underwent significant budget cuts amid demands to defund the police, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday he is seeking more than $5 million this fall for police investments, including hiring more officers and buying...

Officials pledge $38M to address Portland's homeless crisis

Nov. 01, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Leaders in Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County announced Monday that nearly $40 million is being allocated to address the city's ongoing homeless crisis. The investments will go toward creating 400 more shelter beds, increasing the number of...

Oregon's biggest city has 'long way to go' repairing its rep

Oct. 29, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s “badly damaged” reputation – marked by months of destructive protests, a homeless crisis and record year of homicides – is hurting the standing of Oregon’s largest city, according to the city's main tourism promoter. Travel...

Portland: Plan to spend $3M for 25 officers, body cams

Oct. 29, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, is expected to seek about $400,000 next month to hire back 25 recent police retirees to fill some vacancies and more than $2 million to buy body-worn cameras. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the proposals from Mayor...

'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides

Oct. 19, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It was nearly last call on a Friday when Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez went to get a drink across the street from the tavern where he worked in northwest Portland — an area with a thriving dining scene, where citygoers enjoy laid-back eateries, international cuisines and...

'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

Oct. 15, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them. Portland Police Bureau...

Mayor wants money to hire retired cops as shootings continue

Sep. 18, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for more money to rehire officers who have recently retired to address a staffing shortage as homicides have reached the highest level in more than 20 years. Wheeler also called for a citywide expansion of...

Portland scraps Texas boycott, allocates abortion funds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has scrapped a plan to boycott Texas businesses because of a new law that prohibits most abortions there, deciding Wednesday to instead set aside $200,000 to fund reproductive care. The liberal Pacific...