Portland mayor seeks $2M in funding for police to stem rampant gun violence

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday he would seek $2 million in funding for police and other agencies in an effort to stem “gun violence.”

This comes after city leaders voted last year to cut $16 million from the police budget amid mass demonstrations and outrage over George Floyd’s death.

Per the Las Vegas Sun “Oregon’s largest city has seen a spike in violence. So far this year, there have been 20 homicides, most the result of shootings. During the same period of 2020 — the deadliest year in the city in more than a quarter century — there was one.”

Wheeler spoke out about “gun violence” in Portland, calling it an “emergency” last week.