Church On Portland’s ‘Deadliest Block’ Cleans Up Drug Encampments While Mayor Fixates On Guns

Church On Portland’s ‘Deadliest Block’ Cleans Up Drug Encampments While Mayor Fixates On Guns


The Democratic mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler, has declared a gun violence emergency in his city. “We will not stop until we bring peace back to those Portland neighborhoods too often caught in the crossfire,” he said at a press conference on July 22. Portland is reeling from a combination of a crime spike, a large and growing homeless population, and the decimation of the local police department. 

In 2020, Portland was rocked by months of protests and riots. Under pressure from the defund the police movement, the city government voted to cut its police budget. Subsequently, police officers fled their thankless jobs. Two hundred fifty of them have resigned or retired since July 2020, with more retirements expected this summer. This has left

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