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The union pushing to restore funding, citing need for body cameras and community policing.

PMG PHOTO BY JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner on Wednesday said his members are disappointed that the City Council is not publicly standing up for them. He said the city should beef up funding to support body cameras and community policing.The union representing Portland police officers on Wednesday criticized the Portland City Council for not doing more to support officers, and called on them to increase the agency's budget to support things like body cameras.

At the offices of the Portland Police Association, its president, Daryl Turner, said the Portland Police Association has "no confidence" in the City Council, has set up a website to highlight the bureau's needs — fundpolicereform.org — and will hold quarterly roundtables with elected officials, community leaders and others to discussion issues around policing.

"For over 40 days, thousands of people have poured out in the streets calling for change," Turner said. "For over 40 days a small number of people have hijacked those calls for social justice and used the cover of peaceful protest to burn and loot our city. It's enough."

Last month the council approved a $27 million cut to the police budget. Turner said he hopes the city council later this year will discuss restoring some funding for targeted purposes.

He said the union received no response from city commissioners regarding an open letter the union issued on Monday, July 6, other than a note from Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty expressing the hope the association was ready to discuss reforms. Turner said the union already has expressed its interest in that, and said it wants the council to publicly condemn the violence and destruction that have marked many protests.

"I have no confidence that City Council will stand up for all of us. I have no confidence that the city will stop the rioting and the looting and protect the safety and livelihoods of Portlanders. I have no confidence that the City Council will guide the Portland Police Bureau forward the new era of policing that prioritizes safety, equity reform and police funding," Turner said. "I have no confidence that City Council respects and supports the rank-and-file officers who work tirelessly to better our community. I have no confidence that City Council wants to be part of a solution that closes the divide between police and our communities."


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