Portland Does an About-Face, Now Looking to Refund the Police

Portland Does an About-Face, Now Looking to Refund the Police


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.

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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

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