The Portland Police Association, the officers’ union, did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment on the Rapid Response Team’s resignations.
But lawyers for Teri Jacobs, the independent photojournalist named as a victim in the indictment against Officer Budworth, said the team’s resignations demonstrated “its members’ contempt for even the possibility that a of their colleagues to be held accountable for their actions. “
“Portland Police officers need to understand that they are not above the law and that their actions are not exempt from the protections the Constitution seeks to provide to people against exactly these types of police abuse.” lawyers, Juan Chavez and Franz Bruggemeier, said in a statement.
“The refusal to recognize and remedy this wrongdoing goes to the heart of what is wrong with the Portland Police Department,” they said. “The failure of our city’s elected officials to intervene is an indictment of their role in this mess and their complicity in the violence and trauma committed” by the Portland Police Office.
In October, Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner called on Mayor Ted Wheeler and city police chief Chuck Lovell to publicly support members of the Rapid Response Team he said , were “exhausted and injured” and had been used as “political pawns”.
Members of the rapid response team “do not volunteer to be thrown at them with Molotov cocktails, fireworks, explosives, stones, bottles, urine, feces and dung. ‘other dangerous items,’ Turner wrote in a letter. “They also do not volunteer to receive threats of rape, murder and assault against their families. “
Mr Turner said officers were caught between what he described as conflicting demands to “stand down” and only use force when protests escalated.