Following the dismissal of more than 300 criminal matters in the area, as well as some involving felony theft, use of a stolen vehicle, weapons charges, and other offenses, people of Portland, Oregon are raising awareness of the city’s crime epidemic.
Broken Justice System
Citizens of Oregon claim they were astonished to learn of the shortage of public defenders; although, over time, activist local prosecutors and a broken justice system have led to a much worse problem.
Local resident, Angela Todd said these public defenders are receiving slow and inadequate pay. They are unwilling to work for the government and this is under the authority of the government.
Todd asserted that the lack of public defenders is being used by the city as a convenient excuse to ignore other problems that are causing the crime crisis.
She continued by saying their justice system has a lot of issues. For instance, the cruel and ongoing capture and release program is abhorrent. They detain migrants, discharge them, they have warrants, migrants don’t show up, and it simply keeps happening over and over.
She said it’s repulsive.
Pacific NW-based anti-homelessness campaigner @kevinvdahlgren explains how far-left activists in Portland & Seattle erect random tents to encourage the growth of encampments. Per their extremist ideology, they believe this will help create propaganda pic.twitter.com/PPGTrv7sMt… https://t.co/SReCmuz77I
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) March 14, 2023
Another Portlander, Damian Bunting, recently denounced the purported substance abuse problem in the city. This happened in a January Instagram video, in which he demanded action while referring to a campsite beyond his front door.
He said on Thursday that the issue is more concentrated on the continuation of drug addiction than it is on homelessness, according to Ashley Strohmier of Fox News.
He said the problem is nevertheless made worse by the city of Portland and, consequently, by the state of Oregon. Measure 110 offers free syringes and drug accessories.
“We have established an asylum for those looking for a place to live that way of life and it’s producing terrible effects. By ‘we,’ I mean the folks who were here long before I arrived,” he said.
Bunting further said an activist district attorney has aided in enabling the issue himself.
A drug counselor working with the homeless in Democrat-controlled Portland, Oregon, shed light on how activists are apparently working to keep individuals on the streets.
“This is an empty tent erected by activists to encourage people to live in tents,” Kevin Dahlgren was quoted… https://t.co/ibbSDkA8Jn pic.twitter.com/ZmR2s1vHNU
— 🇺🇸 Rich Howard 🇺🇸 (@WylieGuide) March 13, 2023
In Oregon, 76 of the nearly 800 people who are waiting for public defenders are now incarcerated. Data from the Oregon Judicial Department shows a few of the cases have been on hold for weeks or even months.
Businesses like Walmart are leaving the region in the midst of turmoil. The proposal comes barely months after CEO Doug McMillon raised the alarm about retail theft creating havoc on retailers across the country, despite the corporation citing financial reasons for its departure.
Several companies, ranging from Starbucks to Walmart, are currently leaving the Portland area and moving their operations to nearby counties or to Washington, according to Bunting.
Crime Will Increase
He believes there will be an increase in home break-ins, vehicle theft, vandalism, and other small-time crimes for the residents of these neighborhoods.