Portland mayor seeks funding for police after police budget slashed last year

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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler poses for a photo outside City Hall in Portland, Ore. Wheeler announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, he would seek $2 million in one-time funding from a reserve contingency account to invest in the Portland Police Bureau as well as other agencies and programs in hopes of slowing the city's rampant gun violence. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler poses for a photo outside City Hall in Portland, Ore. Wheeler announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, he would seek $2 million in one-time funding from a reserve contingency account to invest in the Portland Police Bureau as well as other agencies and programs in hopes of slowing the city's rampant gun violence. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler poses for a photo outside City Hall in Portland, Ore. Wheeler announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, he would seek $2 million in one-time funding from a reserve contingency account to invest in the Portland Police Bureau as well as other agencies and programs in hopes of slowing the city’s rampant gun violence. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

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UPDATED 9:01 AM PT – Friday, March 12, 2021

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler said he’s seeking $2 million in police funding to address rising gun violence in the city. According to reports Thursday, there have been 20 homicides in the city so far this year compared to only one the same time last year.

The move by Wheeler came after Portland leaders voted to cut around $16 million from the police budget last year. The cut included the elimination of a gun violence reduction unit.

Reports earlier this week noted budget analysts recommended adding police funding in order recruit 30 new officers. The current budget cut 84 full-time positions from the police bureau.

Meanwhile, at least one person has been arrested after Anitfa protesters attacked a federal courthouse in Portland. On Thursday, the group attempted to force their way into the building while smashing a window and setting a trash can on fire. This occurred less than one week after officials removed a physical barrier that was put in place in response to last summer’s riots.

When police arrived, the far-left activists taunted them and threatened to burn the building down.

This attack came days after Oregon Democrat Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley refused to go on record condemning Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots in the city.

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