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Portland Police’s Rapid Response Team Resigns

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FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Portland, Ore. Authorities said Tuesday, June 15, 2021, a grand jury returned an indictment against a Portland police officer, accusing him of hitting a protester in the head with a baton in 2020. The city saw widespread, often violent protests following the police killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

According to reports, all 50+ members of the Portland Police Rapid Response team have decided to resign.

The decision was made on Wednesday after a vote by the team.

Acting Police Chief Chris Davis told reporters that the be believes the mass exit is due to a combination of issues including one of the team members being indicated on excessive force charges while responding to almost riots and civil unrest in the city.

Another member of the RRT is also said to be facing a lawsuit from a protester.

Mayor Ted Wheeler reassured the public that despite the resignations, there will be a response team to respond to any event or situation.

“The City of Portland has the personnel and the resources to ensure our community’s safety. I have directed the Portland Police Bureau to prepare mobile field forces to respond to any public safety needs, including potential violence related to mass gatherings,” Mayor Wheeler said in a statement. “We are also coordinating with other regional law enforcement partners.”

While the group will no longer serve on the voluntary Rapid Response team, they are said to still be members of the Portland Police Bureau and will continue with their regular assignments.