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.
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?
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.