On Thursday, October 1st, Portland Oregon released their current gun violence statistics that compare the numbers from 2019 to the Current statistics. What the numbers show, is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
As of September 30, 2020, there have been a reported 595 shooting incidents handled by the Portland Police Bureau. This is already more than the total for the entire 2019 calendar year in which 327 incidents were reported. It is interesting to note that the statistics reported, does not include suicide or attempted suicide by means of a firearm.
So how do the numbers compare? Let’s look at the year-to-month comparison. In September of last year, 32 incidents had been reported. In September of this year where there were 110 reported. Interestingly enough, the shooting incidents sharply increased during the past four months of continuous unrest in the city, Jumping 96.8% in June, 186.1% in July. 195.1% in August and a staggering 243.8% last month.
Portland’s city Council voted to defund the Gun Violence Reduction Team in June and disbanded the unit in the beginning of July, Daryl Turner, the President of the Portland Police Association, called the decision “one of the biggest mistakes” that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who oversees the police bureau as Police Commissioner, had ever made and warned gun violence would rise. It seems he was right.
“I’d say they’re more emboldened, maybe, to be out with guns,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said at a press conference in August. “They know there’s not someone watching. There’s no real deterrent there. And I think that’s part of the issue that’s causing us to see the spike we have in July.”
This increase is noted throughout the entire city as all precincts have noted increases. Not one single area has been sheltered from this increase in gun violence.
Also noted is that a total of 173 persons have been injured so far this year by gun violence. 27 People were injured last month alone which is an increase of 145.5% for the same month last year which saw 11 people injured.
While this is a trend that has been repeating in cities all over the country, very little is being said about this increase in violence. As cities indulge in the demands of recent protests and riots that have called on local governments to defund their police departments, the question has to be asked, Is this really where you should be spending your time?
A quick dive into Mayor Ted Wheelers Twitter provides some interesting insight into his silence. More than any other topic, the official Mayor of portends twitter feed is filled with praise for the violent riots, criticism of President Donald Trump, and the notion that his violent police force need reforms.
His most recent post, “During the first debate, President Trump portrayed Portland as a city of violence and destruction. Even during challenging times, Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city. Today, I’m sharing dispatches from around the city showcasing the Portland we know.”
Well Mr. Mayor, maybe you should also consult your own police bureau statistics that you are Commissioner of, as that seems to paint the picture that your city is not as safe as you continually claim.