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Daryl Turner and elected leaders have repeatedly sparred over their response to civil unrest.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Daryl Turner, longtime leader of the Portland police officers' union, is set to step down this year and to retire from the Portland Police Bureau.

Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner will leave his position when his term ends at the end of October.

Turner, who served as president of the Portland police union for a decade, also will retire from the Portland Police Bureau in January. Turner spent 29 years with the bureau.

Turner has been a prominent voice in the Portland metro area amid ongoing protests against racial injustice and police violence. He's repeatedly criticized local leaders for their response to civil unrest that often devolves into violent clashes between protesters and police. In turn, elected members of the City Council have criticized the union for blocking police reforms.

In a letter released in August, Turner accused Mayor Ted Wheeler — who also serves as Portland's police commissioner — and Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt of failing to uphold public safety, especially the safety of police officers as they carried out their duties.

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