Portland Police union head raps ‘anti-police sentiment’

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the police union in Portland, Oregon, says the main reason there’s a shortage of officers is because of “the intense anti-police sentiment in our City that City Council seems to share.”

Daryl Turner made his comments in a statement on Monday.

KOIN reports that at a City Council meeting last week, Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw testified about the shortages. There are 120 sworn officer vacancies. Of 60 recent applicants, only three passed background checks.

Turner said other applicants would rather work elsewhere rather than “working under a microscope in a highly politicized city.”

Mayor Ted Wheeler and other city leaders criticized police earlier this year after it was revealed a police lieutenant in charge of containing protests in the liberal city texted repeatedly with the leader of a far-right group involved in demonstrations. Wheeler said police must remain objective and the texts appeared to “cross several boundaries.”