Portland police have paid more than $ 5.3 million for overtime during protests and riots against ongoing police brutality, which have plagued the city for more than 60 consecutive nights since George Floyd’s death in Minnesota on May 25.
The Portland Police Office extension on July 22 cost taxpayers $ 5,351,383, Oregon’s KPTV-FOX 12 reported, and officers obtained a collective compensation time that cost approximately 1 , $ 2 million, both with the usual salaries of officers.
July 22 was the last day of the department’s most recent payment period.
Members of the Oregon State Police replaced federal agents who moved out of downtown Portland, where they had been guarding the U.S. federal court and the Mark O. Hatfield Justice Center, despite severe criticism from the city and elected officials.
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For several nights, riot police, who sometimes smuggled including Molotov cocktails, gasoline and bleach, worked to tear down a fence around the federal court, which has been desecrated with graffiti and other forms of vandalism.
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At times, they reportedly threw fireworks and began producing fires in the space between the fence and the court.
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On Wednesday morning, police arrested two individuals on charges of embezzlement, among others, and confiscated several weapons, including a sled and a pipe.
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Thursday night’s demonstration in the area was less violent, although people sometimes “lit small fires on the sidewalks of surrounding blocks and tried to light fires on the fence in federal court,” police reported .