The Portland Police Rapid Response Team voted unanimously to disband on Wednesday night at a meeting with the police union.
The Rapid Response Team consisted of about 50 officers responsible for ensuring public safety during large events.
The mass resignations followed the criminal indictment of an officer for allegedly assaulting an “activist photographer” Teri Jacobs during one of the nightly August 2020 riots.
Officer Corey Budworth was on the Rapid Response Team, a group police officers that volunteer for the post, and are deployed to respond to riots, civil unrest, and demonstrations in Portland. Budworth was indicted and charged with one count of fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor by Multnomah District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s office on Tuesday.
On the night of August 18, 2020, Antifa militants threw a Molotov cocktail into the County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters as the Rapid Response Team struggled to contain the riot…
…Budworth is accused of hitting activist photographer and rioter Teri Jacobs with a baton. Videos posted to social media shows Budworth hitting Jacobs in the head from behind, then again as she falls to the ground, OPB reports. Video of the incident circulated on social media.
Cops are tackling and arresting people for having shields. Then pepper spray a young girl. pic.twitter.com/uH9Fcvgvdy
— John #FreePalestine (@Johnnthelefty) August 19, 2020
The Portland Police Association claim that Ms. Jacobs fell to the ground and that officer Bedworth had reason to believe she was getting back up to re-engage in her unlawful activities.
“Officer Budworth employed one last baton push to try and keep her on the ground, which accidentally struck Ms. Jacobs in the head. The location of Officer Budworth’s last baton push was accidental, not criminal,” they said in a statement on Wednesday.
“He faced a violent and chaotic, rapidly evolving situation, and he used the lowest level of baton force—a push; not a strike or a jab—to remove Ms. Jacobs from the area.”
However, in February, the city agreed to a $50,000 civil settlement for Jacobs in the case.
Source: Epoch Times
The Portland Police Association’s statement said that Officer Budworth is a decorated public servant that “has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system.”
“It is also important to know that Officer Corey Budworth is a committed public servant of the highest integrity. He has spent four of his six years as a PPB officer as a highly trained member of PPB’s Rapid Response Team (RRT). In his service with RRT and his deployment at hundreds of protests and demonstrations, Officer Budworth has never faced any sustained force complaints,” they added.
Jacobs gets $50,000 and Budworth gets a criminal indictment.
No wonder they all resigned en masse.
BREAKING: My insiders say @tedwheeler was on zoom call today begging the Riot Response Team not to resign because ANTIFA has a riot scheduled tonight
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) June 18, 2021
Good luck to Ted and anyone living in Portland.
Y’all are gonna need it.