After slashing the police budget until it bled, the leaders of Portland, Oregon, are giving the police department a tiny transfusion.
On Wednesday, the Portland City Council unanimously passed a $5.2 million package for police spending as part of an increase to the city budget, according to U.S. News.
Last year, as Portland mobs were chanting “defund the police” and demanding a $50 million budget cut, city leaders sliced $15 million from the budget to appease protesters; they then added $12 million in cuts, claiming they were due to budget concerns related to COVID-19, U.S. News reported.
At a public hearing on the spending, several Portland residents said the city’s experiment in eschewing police protection for its citizens was a failure.
Jessica Shellhorn explained that