Portland votes against $18M police funding cut


 

 

 

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell speaks to reporters about a proposed $18 million in budget cuts to his bureau Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The City Council is considering the cuts on top of nearly $16 million already cut in June, but delayed a vote until after the election. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

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UPDATED 5:56 PM PT – Friday, November 6, 2020

Officials in Portland, Oregon rejected a bid to slash millions of dollars from its police budget.

Portland City Commissioners voted three to two against the budget amendment, which would have cut $18 million in funds from the city’s Police Bureau and instead use it for the city’s coronavirus pandemic response.

Mayor Ted Wheeler noted that although he understands Portlanders distrust the Police Bureau, further cutting the budget would not be a solution.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (L) and Chuck Lovell, Portland Police Bureau chief, speak to the media at City Hall. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Back in June, the Commission already voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget, which eliminated school resource officers, transit police and the gun violence reduction unit.

This would have been the city’s second round of police cuts.

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