Portland cops step down from protest response team
The entire Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team has stepped down from the volunteer unit that responds to civil disturbances, demonstrations and riots.
According to the June 17 story — first reported Thursday morning by KXL FM News 10 — sources with the bureau said the team voted unanimously to disband in response to the criminal indictment of Officer Corey Budworth, a member of the team.
Budworth was charged with assault on Tuesday, June 155, for actions during an Aug. 18, 2020, riot in Southeast Portland. He is accused of using excessive force against a photographer during a confrontation with protesters outside the Multnomah Building, the county's headquarters in Southeast Portland.
A second team member, Det. Erik Kammerer, is being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice on similar allegations.
According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, three sources who work for the city said the officers remain employed with the bureau, but no longer will work as part of the Rapid Response Team.
Speaking to OPB on Wednesday, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said his office was still reviewing other use-of-force cases by officers related to protests, leaving the door open for further criminal prosecutions against other team members.
On Wednesday, Daryl Turner, the executive director of the Portland Police Association, the union, told "The Lars Larson Show" on KXL that he feared officers would quit in response to what he called a "witch hunt" of a prosecution.
In its own investigation, the bureau determined no wrongdoing by the officer. According to Turner, Budworth did not violate training or department rules, and he did his job within the scope of the law.
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