WhatsNew2Day
Latest News And Breaking Headlines

Portland police launch internal investigation into training presentation meme

The Portland Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a training presentation featuring a meme that mocked Bible verses and called protesters “dirty hippies” who read Marx, have dreadlocks and smell like patchouli.

“And the Lord said… Woe to you, you filthy hippie,” read the insulting meme, which was included at the end of a 110-page PowerPoint presentation.

The image shows what appears to be a police officer in tactical gear raising his fist at an unarmed person in plain clothes.

In September, a city official raised the alarm after they spotted the meme during a legal review of a lawsuit against the city regarding the agency’s response to the 2020 protests, KGW News reported.

Portland Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler condemned the image, which the city plans to include in court files on Friday.

“I am disgusted that this offensive content has been added to a training presentation for our police officers,” Wheeler said in a statement.

Wheeler’s office said it’s unclear when the image was taken or whether it was actually used during training.

Portland police launch internal investigation into training presentation meme

The Portland Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a training presentation that featured a meme calling protesters “dirty hippies.”

1642316247 529 Portland police launch internal investigation into training presentation meme

1642316247 529 Portland police launch internal investigation into training presentation meme

Portland Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler said he was “disgusted” by the image

In September, the alarm was raised by a city employee after they noticed the meme during a legal review of a lawsuit against the city regarding the agency's response to the 2020 protests.

In September, the alarm was raised by a city employee after they noticed the meme during a legal review of a lawsuit against the city regarding the agency's response to the 2020 protests.

In September, the alarm was raised by a city employee after they noticed the meme during a legal review of a lawsuit against the city regarding the agency’s response to the 2020 protests.

What the Portland Police Training Presentation Meme Says

‘Cause you stink of patchouli and 80;

For you speak of Marx, but do not know him;

For thou hast accounts, but hast not paid;

Because you have dreadlocks and white skin.

And so I will send among you,

My humble servants with hats and bats,

May they dip your heads with hickory.

And anoint your faces with pepper spray.

And once you’re captivated and stuffed;

Once you are attached and connected;

Maybe you’ll learn

I’m tired of your shit.’

Amen.’

Wheeler’s statement continued: “I believe the hardworking Portland Police Department members who are seeing this are also angry and disgusted by the image and words on this slide and how it portrays members of our community and law enforcement officers. .’

The presentation was intended to address how the Portland Police Department is handling mass protests, CNN reported.

Ironically, the document encouraged officers not to stereotype protesters, as they can come from “different sides of the political spectrum,” before labeling them as “hippies,” who read Marx, have dreadlocks and smell like patchouli.

Written as fake Bible verses, the meme states that officers, called “humble servants with hats and bats,” are sent by God to “ [protesters’] faces with pepper spray.’

Protesters are also reported to be “cuffed and stuffed” as well as “suffocated and bandaged.”

“The message on the slide of the training presentation was contrary to PPB’s values ​​and what we are trying to achieve as an organization,” Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement.

“When I learned of its existence, I ordered an Home Office investigation. That investigation is still open and therefore details cannot be discussed,” Lovell added.

For months beginning in late May 2020, Portland – one of America’s whitest cities – was plagued by near-night Black Lives Matter protests.

At the time, officials, including Wheeler, were criticized for what many described as overly aggressive police.

During the height of the protests, officers reported more than 6,000 use of force. The US Department of Justice reprimanded the agency for its “abnormally high” reliance on violent tactics.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement that the meme was not in line with the values ​​of the Portland Police Bureau

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement that the meme was not in line with the values ​​of the Portland Police Bureau

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement that the meme was not in line with the values ​​of the Portland Police Bureau

During the height of the protests, officers reported more than 6,000 use of force in Portland.  The US Department of Justice reprimanded the agency for its 'abnormally high' reliance on violent tactics

During the height of the protests, officers reported more than 6,000 use of force in Portland.  The US Department of Justice reprimanded the agency for its 'abnormally high' reliance on violent tactics

During the height of the protests, officers reported more than 6,000 use of force in Portland. The US Department of Justice reprimanded the agency for its ‘abnormally high’ reliance on violent tactics

In 2020, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Oregon's largest city demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer and calling for police compensation

In 2020, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Oregon's largest city demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer and calling for police compensation

In 2020, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Oregon’s largest city demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer and calling for police compensation

The Portland Police Department has a history of being combative.

In 2014, the city and the Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement after a federal investigation found that officers in Portland used excessive force against people with mental illness.

Some of the police spending approved in November, including $2.7 million for body-worn cameras and hiring staff to review the police station’s tactics, was created to meet the reform requirements of the police station. Department of Justice.

In 2020, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Oregon’s largest city to demand racial justice following the murder of George Floyd by a white officer.

One of the protest cries was “defund the police” – a call to elected officials to allocate some money for law enforcement elsewhere.

In June 2020, the Portland City Council and the mayor responded by cutting $15 million from the police budget. An additional $12 million was cut due to pandemic-induced economic shortfalls.

Portland paid back its police station in November after a staggering increase in crimes, most notably murders in the Liberal bastion.

The Portland City Council unanimously approved a budget increase that contributed $5.2 million of the $15 million it had cut from the police.

“Many Portlanders don’t feel safe anymore,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at the time. “And it is our duty, as leaders of this city, to take action and deliver better results within our crisis response system.”

.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More