"RRT officers, including Officer Budworth, used their Police Bureau-issued batons to try and stop the crowd's criminal activity", the union's description of events continued.
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.
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. "Despite no longer serving on RRT, they will continue in their regular assignments".
The Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team voted to disband Wednesday night in an unprecedented move following a year of civil unrest.
In October, Former President of the Police Union, and Presiding Executive Director, Daryl Turner emphasized that "members [of the protest response unit] do not volunteer to have Molotov cocktails, fireworks, explosives, rocks, bottles, urine, feces and other unsafe objects thrown at them".
"I'm doing my very best to get to the sidewalk, and it feels like it doesn't matter where I am, what I do, these police officers are going to run me over, ram into me", Jacobs said of the incident, according to KATU2. "The location of Officer Budworth's last baton push was accidental, not criminal".
"It is my expectation, and the community's expectation, that the City remains committed to public safety and effective police oversight".
"Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system", said the Portland Police Association in a Tuesday post on Facebook. "In the meantime, my office will continue to focus on the fair and just prosecution of criminal matters". As law enforcement officials, we recognize that community members and law enforcement officers alike are responsible for their conduct and that our judicial system is created to address wrongdoing equally, whether by community members or law enforcement officers.
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Even the Middle East is more than Israel and the Palestinians. "We consider anything less to be a form of complicity". Pavlich echoed Hemmer's plea for gratitude, condemning Omar's "constant criticism of the country that saved her".
Mayor Ted Wheeler echoed Davis in a statement sent after the press conference.
"I want to acknowledge the toll this past year has taken on them and their families-they have worked long hours under hard conditions", Wheeler writes.
Wheeler, who serves as the city's police commissioner, said he's directed PPB to prepare mobile field forces to respond to any public safety needs, "including potential violence related to mass gatherings", and he's received confirmation from Governor Kate Brown that the Oregon State Police is on standby to assist PPB. Members of the RRT were often responsible for breaking up a crowd after PPB determined that a demonstration had turned into a riot, and often used force-from tear gas to less-lethal munitions-to do so.
PPA has always been critical of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt's handling of racial justice protests, accusing him of acting too lenient towards protesters who damage property, start fires, or taunt police.
Earlier this week, a grand jury charged Portland police officers with assault charges that prosecutors claimed to be "excessive and illegal use of force" during a protest last summer.
"Officer Budworth did exactly as he was trained", said the PPA.
"In this case, we allege that no legal justification existed for Officer Budworth's deployment of force, and that the deployment of force was legally excessive under the circumstances", Schmidt said in a statement on Tuesday. In Portland, those challenges included large and sometimes violent demonstrations that strained our local resources and repeatedly placed officers in the hard position of policing large and sometimes hostile crowds. Erik Kammerer, is also now under review by the Oregon Department of Justice for his use of force during a protest.
Schmidt noted that other use-of-force incidents are still under review and that his office has referred an investigation into Portland Police Det.