Numerous 911 calls in Portland, Oregon, were halted and even totally dropped by police. Police say they were “far too busy” to respond to the calls and instead needed to attend to more important matters. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, has lamented over the negative consequences of the city’s new police strategy.
“Many Portlanders no longer feel safe in their city. Business owners have closed up shop for fear of doing business in high risk areas. Commuters fear for their safety… [and] parents are scared to let their children play outside. People are leaving for work, going to the supermarket or grabbing drinks with friends and are not returning home,” Wheeler said in a public statement.
In the past, gun prohibitionists argued that ordinary people should be stripped of their firearms because the authorities will protect them from violent crime. While a flimsy argument argument at best, Portland certainly displays the dangerous results from prohibitionists’ line of thinking.
In 2020, for instance, over a million 911 service calls were made. In 2021, with far more forecasted due to “defund the police” riots, militia combat zones, and significant budget cuts to police departments. Some are even noting the harrowing “your call is important to us, please hold” future as police say they are already stretched thin by the sheer volume of calls they currently receive.
Last summer, as a response to “defund the police” riots, Portland’s City Council approved budget changes that slashed the police department’s finances by tens of millions of dollars, which eliminated 84 sworn officer positions. Thirty-eight of those positions were in the much-needed Gun Violence Reduction Team. Ever since these cut-outs, Portland’s police department has been unable to keep up with the tsunami of crime.
Residents of the Rose City might soon be commanded to cooperate with criminals, much like in Los Angeles. Following the surge of robberies in the city, Los Angeles police issued a “community alert notification,” instructing citizens to “not resist the suspects; cooperation [sic] and meet their requirements. Be a good witness.”
– John Paluska, CNJ Staff