The Collapse of Portland Continues as Police Purge All Gang Designations

The Collapse of Portland Continues as Police Purge All Gang Designations

You know your city's in trouble when the police refuse to identify gang members as, well, gang members.

It's almost too ridiculous to believe, but on Friday, Portland Police Bureau supervisors announced that after over two decades, gang designations are officially coming to an end.

From OregonLive:

Portland police next month will end their more than 20-year-old practice of designating people as gang members or gang associates in response to strong community concerns about the labels that have disproportionately affected minorities.

The Police Bureau recognizes that the gang designations have led to “unintended consequences’’ and served as lifelong barriers for those who have shunned the gang lifestyle and tried to get jobs, said Acting Tactical Operations Capt. Andy Shearer.

A review by Oregonian/OregonLive reporter Carli Brosseau last year found that of the 359 “criminal gang affiliates’’ flagged in Portland’s database as of last summer, 81 percent were part of a racial or ethnic minority. She obtained the list, names removed, only after appealing the city’s attempt to keep it from public view.

Leaders from Black Male Achievement, former police Assistant Chief Kevin Modica and others have lobbied to end the designations.

”Gang violence isn’t going to go away. There are still crimes attributed to known gang sets. There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation,’’ said Capt. Mike Krantz, who helped spearhead the change. “We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away.’’

Chalk up another victory for organized crime — the losers here are the innocent Portland residents that will continue to get caught in the crossfire. 

Not naming a problem does not make it go away. It just makes it harder to identify and address.

This year alone, there have been nearly two dozen gang-related shootings in Portland. That's about six shootings every month

These incidents will undoubtedly continue to take place, regardless of how police designate the shooters. The only difference here is that targeting those responsible will be harder as police will not be allowed to identify the membership of groups encouraging such violence.

Gang members are not known for their marksmanship — how many innocent people will be killed by errant rounds? How's that gun-control working out for you, Portland?

“This is too long coming,’’ said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who serves as the city’s police commissioner. “It was the right thing to do.’’

Wheeler, who recently selected the first African American woman to serve as the bureau’s new police chief, said the decision shows that city police are committed to rebuilding trust with the community.

Rebuilding trust with what community? The gang community? The mental illness of leftism is clear here, as Mayor Wheeler prioritizes gang members over the safety of his city.

Portland no longer belongs to the law-abiding. It is being handed over to the criminals, who can now openly affiliate with criminal organizations without fear of being labeled as such.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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