Portland Police Assn. president: City Council holding police back from dealing with violence

FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Portland police take control of the streets after making arrests on the scene of the nightly protests, at a Portland police precinct in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein, File)

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UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Thursday, September 3, 2020

The president of Portland’s Police Association has called on city officials to allow police to do their jobs. On Wednesday, Daryl Turner said the police could proactively stop a lot of violence if the City Council and police commissioner would step back.

Turner previously claimed the city was set up for tragedy after $15 million was cut from the police budget.

He reiterated police don’t have the ability to step in and help.

“Including our district attorney, who just came into office and already said there are certain violations and crimes that he will not prosecute related to the protests,” added Turner.

He noted gun violence has surged in Portland, while 911 calls are going unanswered.

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