AMAC Exclusive by Clayton Fuller
Crime in Portland, Oregon has been skyrocketing since city officials decided to defund the police and the county’s radical prosecutor, Mike Schmidt, began refusing to prosecute crimes and even major felonies beginning with last summer’s riots. Now, Schmidt and the other leftists running Portland have lost all control over the city, which has become a center of chaos and mayhem, and they are suddenly racing to reverse the policies and positions they have advanced for the past year.
In June of 2020, Portland officials voted to defund the Portland police budget by $16 million, which included the elimination of a gun-violence reduction unit. At the very time Portland was being overtaken by violent rioters and Antifa activists were laying siege to a federal courthouse, Schmidt sat down with an Antifa militant named AWKWORD — whom Schmidt called one of his “old buddies” — and accused federal law enforcement of “Gestapo like tactics.”
In August 2020, Schmidt refused to prosecute nearly 70% of criminal cases arising from the violent riots. He publicly asserted that the criminal justice system was built on a “white supremacist culture” and that he viewed his position as District Attorney as part of “the symbiotic relationship between people who are advocating for abolition [of prisons] and those of us working within the system.” Schmidt noted that: “[W]hen I ran, I talked about needing to shrink the criminal justice system[.]” He argued: “[W]e have defined what public safety means by what it means predominantly for the white culture. And we are hearing loud and clear from people that are not of that culture and that ethnicity, that they’re not into what we have defined public safety as[.]”
“I mean, if there’s a dystopia going on,” Schmidt said at one point, “that’s the dystopia that’s happening on our streets, it’s being caused by the Trump administration. We need to get them out of here.”
While the Trump administration has left, there is no doubt that Portland has turned into a dystopia of crime. Recent data from the National Fraternal Order of Police shows that Portland’s homicide rate has skyrocketed by an astounding 800% in the first five months of 2021 compared to the year before.
Now, Schmidt has endorsed refunding the police and is begging for the federal law enforcement officials to come to Portland’s aid – the very same people he previously demonized. The city is seeking help both from the FBI and the ATF due to the unprecedented increase in homicides. Schmidt recently noted that the Portland Police Bureau is “spread thin and being forced to triage the cases that they are working.”
In fact, Schmidt now says, “some cases…are just not being worked because the [Portland Police Bureau’s] resources are spread so thin.” As a result, he has turned to federal law enforcement agencies to fill the gap.
Portland Police Association Executive Director Daryl Turner recently told NBC Nightly News that “we’re dealing with rioting at a level and sustained violence that we’ve never seen before…gun violence like we’ve never seen before…at the most catastrophic staffing levels that we’ve ever seen before.”
The violence is unrelenting, and so are the costs, including overtime for the law enforcement officers who are being asked to take on extra hours to curb the brutal crime wave. Much of that cost, however, will be covered by the federal government. In Portland, Schmidt and Democrat city officials helped tear down the blue wall that protected the city, and now they are hoping that American taxpayers across the nation will bail them out for their failures.
Clay Fuller served as a White House Fellow from 2018-2019 advising senior Trump administration officials on special operations oversight at the Department of Defense and advising the Office of the Vice President on countering the opioid epidemic. He is an experienced federal, military, and Appalachian prosecutor as well as a reserve military officer with a decade of national security experience. Follow him on Twitter @Clay4MainStreet and on Facebook at Clay Fuller: Main Street Patriot.
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The only reason they are reversing their stance is they are concerned that they will lose their jobs!
Have you seen what is going on in San Fransicko. they are doing mass shoplifting in broad daylight in high end department stores now. Many business are closing up. Probably happening here in portland but the news is suppressing it.
Schmidt (rightfully called a DA) must resign before any help comes to this city.
Some people need alot of convincing and a lot of crime in this case to find out what they have been told many times. The police need to be alot more than they have in the past ( their families as well) if Portland really wants them back. How many riots and police and others killed to find this out? A real bunch a dummies in Oregon!
What can one say but DUH! How far will they actually go to corrrect things and make it right with all that were wronged by these terrorists?
Yawn. Reminds me of the old TV show ‘You Asked For It’. Portland will hemorrhage police officers with NO ONE applying to replace same. Sleepy Joe will send in Federal cops to take over Portland P.D. (to keep everyone ‘safe’ don’tcha know). This will be repeated in every violent, crime ridden major American city in order to start installing a national police force. Next, local sheriffs will be shown the door and their departments taken over because of ‘systemic racism’ or their support of the GOP. Once law enforcement is federalized, the real fun begins as anyone who opposes the current government will be arrested and removed from society for who knows how long. Got a complaint against this new system once installed? Write your Congressman and see where that gets you.
1984 comes alive!
Federal taxpayers should not have to pay to correct the arrogant mistakes of Portland. They generated the problem, not the federal taxpayers.
Portland wants they police…..money needs to be out of their pockets. They would not listen to reason before. Let them pay for the help they need or patrol the streets themselves!
Tina is correct. I don’t expect others to pay for my arrogant, wrong, decisions and I don’t expect taxpayers, across the country, to pay for wrong decisions made by the town/city I live in. So, why should hard working, responsible taxpayers in other states have to pay for the wrong decisions made in Portland?
ph is absolutely right.
Gland when my factory closed and offered a job in Portland, my wife did not want to move there.
Is Portland a sanctuary city?
I hear the graffiti and broken windows in Portland are beautiful this time of year…
Yes it all lights up so pretty in the flames at night, as buildings are burned and looted by the ANTIFA, BLM crowds. So scenic this time of year.
Any one who had Oregon on their bucket list to visit this summer well……maybe you wan t to go elsewhere. Their mayor and Governer are not too damn smart!
and the smelly stench from the homeless freedom rangers have a pooperie smell that is just amazing.
Thank you for your coverage of this story.
The people of Portland deserve the government they elected. I agree with those who say that the rest of us should not have to bail them out
This is not an unintended consequence. Leftists will use increased violent crime as an excuse to (1) disarm law-abiding citizens; (2) federalize control of local law enforcement.
Along with (3) redistributing wealth and (4) using federalized law enforcement to seek and destroy political enemies (a la Venezuela).
We see this coming. We are being like the Jews in Germany. Soon we will obediently be climbing into the railcars. We have the solution in the 2nd Amendment of our ONCE great Constitution. What is wrong with you, America?
More proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.
More proof. Alan Dersowich (?), a very prominent lawyer, and commentator admits to voting for Obama twice and voting for Hillary in 2016. How does anyone with a brain vote for a Democrat?
More idiotic moves by the Democrats. Praying that you go down!
These “idiotic moves” are by design and, I think, ahead of schedule.
The Democrats are the responsible party for the filth that is Portland, let them live in their squalor until they fix the problems they caused.
I suppose you’re right, but the good people of Portland – and many other Democrat-run cities- need to STOP VOTING THEM INTO OFFICE. Instead, like good little Leftists, they want taxpayers to bail them out with Other Peoples’ Money while they get to keep their cushy jobs.
Never going to happen. So since it won’t; let the citizens reap what they sow.
We never voted for Wittmer here in Michigan, it was the dumb dems, they voted for the no back bone jelly fish Biden as well. We cannot judge all by a few mistakes choosing.Would hope we can get rid of Witless come the next vote!
The American tax payer should not held accountable for the antics of a lawless City that its own Mayor and City Council allowed to take place. Antifa and BLM ran rampant all last Summer and beyond and they did nothing about it. The citizens of Portland are responsible to replace them as soon as possible. The rest of America is not responsible for Portlands’s political hack losers. There is a consquence to actions. Citizens of Portland better step up to the plate or you will a wild west city run by Marxist ,Antifa ,other anarchist groups and MS13 and drug Cartels.
They are already there.
I say Mr. Schmidt should jump into the fray to help bolster the forces down on the front lines since he’s in the chain of command in law enforcement in Portland! He can show us how it’s done. Maybe he can hand out flowers and lolly pops to the bad guys and ask them to be nice. The morons of Portland elected this bunch of leftist scum to run their city so let them reap what they’ve sown. I’ll be calling my rep and senators Tuesday to re-enforce that NO federal money should go to help Portland or any other leftist cities.
Time to eat crow. Time to eat your own words. Time to admit you were a freaking extremist moron. Time to apologize for stating laws are based on white supremacist attitudes. Time to turn in your resignation and put any “golden parachute” up where the sun never shines. . .leftist idiot.
Never going to happen. Sleepy Joe will dole out PLENTY of money to Portland from Uncle Sugar. Got to be WOKE, don’t ‘cha know…
What function does Mr. Schmidt perform? I cannot tell from the “News”.
His functionis to turn the city of Portland into a quagmire off sin & destruction…