Entire Portland police crowd-control unit quits over fellow officer’s assault charge - The Washington Post
Jun 19, 2021 1 min, 2 secs

Acting police chief Chris Davis said the members of the Rapid Response Team, which is responsible for crowd control and has been deployed extensively in the past year, met Wednesday evening and voted to offer their resignations from the unit.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) said Thursday that with the disbanding of the Rapid Response Team, he had ordered the bureau to prepare mobile forces to respond to public safety needs, and that Oregon Gov.

Kate Brown (D) had directed the Oregon State Police to have its Mobile Response Team on standby.

The Rapid Response Team was described as an “all-hazard incident response team,” with members trained in advanced skills related to crowd management and crowd control.

On Friday, the police union described the resignation as a response to the fraught relationship between the department and the city government, saying, “When elected officials turned nightly violence into political banter for their own personal agendas, those politicized actions put Rapid Response Team members and public safety at risk.

The disbanding of Portland’s Rapid Response Team bears similarities to a 2020 incident in which 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned following the suspension of two officers who were filmed shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground.

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