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Poll: Nearly half of Portlanders fear being assaulted

Protest in front of Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, July 22, 2020 Credit: Tedder/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 4.0

According to a recent survey conducted by Portland, Oregon’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, 48% of the city’s citizens are fearful when venturing out on the city’s streets.

Fox News provides more details:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler commissioned the survey from local firm DHM Research. Nearly half (48%) of the 500 Portlanders who responded felt unsafe walking alone at night in their own neighborhood. Of those who felt unsafe, 78% told researchers they were afraid of being physically assaulted. […]

Portland has seen a sharper increase in violent crime than many other major cities. Homicides in the city increased 83% from 2019 to 2020, while nationally killings increased by an average of about 30%. There were 90 homicides in the city last year, breaking the city’s previous record of 66 in 1987, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

READ: Portlanders are taking precautions to avoid being attacked in response to rising crime

Fox News also reports that the city’s police department is currently understaffed.

Of course, Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, initially led the charge in calling for a reduction in the city’s police budget. READ: Under Portland mayor’s proposed $5.7 billion budget, police bureau would see biggest cut AND Portland aims to fight crime with more unarmed park rangers; no new cash for police

Mayor Wheeler was also tear-gassed, as he joined rioters who were trying to set fire to a court building in the city in 2020.

To be fair, Mayor Wheeler has since changed his mind on both these decisions, but for anyone to think these were the right choices to make in the first place, reveals a complete lack of common sense.

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