Portland, Oregon’s homelessness problem is out of control and the city’s police union is blaming the mayor for his lack of action to deal with it.
Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association and who has been part of the police force for 27 years, made his frustrations clear earlier this week.
On Monday, Turner took to Facebook where he said his city has become a “cesspool” and described the outrageous issues they have been forced to deal with as officers.
“Our city has become a cesspool. Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets,” wrote Turner.
He went on to explain the poor conditions in detail.
“Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City. Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout our neighborhoods. Used needles, drug paraphernalia, and trash are common sights lining the streets and sidewalks of the downtown core area, under our bridges, and freeway overpasses. That’s not what our families, business owners, and tourists deserve,” wrote Turner.
Turner also blasted Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler and his “failed policies” for the city’s downfall.
He said that he had “thrown Portland Police Officers under the bus.”
Wheeler recently called out the police department in an interview with The Oregonian after “he wanted to review arrest data after an analysis by the newspaper found more than half of the arrests that police made in Portland last year were of homeless people,” writes Fox News.
Wheeler implied that police could be profiling the homeless.
“The real question here is, ‘Is there some sort of profiling or implicit bias?'” said Wheeler. “From my perspective, that’s the crux of the situation. The police should be focused on policing criminal activity, and that’s sort of the beginning, the middle and the end of it for me.”
According to the newspaper’s research, 52 percent of the arrests made involved a homeless individual.
Turner points out that the police are often protecting the homeless by making these arrests.
“A lot of the victims of these crimes are homeless too, so if we’re not investigating these crimes, if we’re not responding to these crimes, then we’re not responding to the needs of the homeless,” said Turner.
Turner also said that Wheeler is instead deflecting.
“Will investigating our officers result in more housing for the homeless? Will it provide more mental health or addiction resources for those in need? Will it resolve the livability issues that Portland residents and business owners face daily? Of course not! It’s more of the same from the Mayor; failed policies and blaming others for his failures,” said Turner. “The fact that our officers have become the scapegoats for Mayor Wheeler’s failed public policies aimed at solving our homelessness crisis is insulting.”
According to the 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, there were 4,177 homeless people in Portland as of February 22, 2017.
8,532 people stayed in shelters last year, which is a 50 percent spike from 2013.
Because of the increase in homelessness and panhandlers, stores in the city see less business.
“It’s very difficult to do business here right now. Our customers are afraid to come in,” said Judith Arnell, who owes a Jewelry store to FOX12.
Author’s note: Just like California’s major cities, Portland’s homelessness problem is only getting worse. This just shows that liberal policies ultimately lead to long-term damage.