Law/Justice

Portland police presentation mocked ‘dirty hippy’ protesters and encouraged violence

By Grayson Quay  The Week

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) said Friday that the Portland Police Bureau has launched an internal investigation into a training slideshow that included comical descriptions of violence against “dirty hippy” protesters, The New York Times reports. “The Portland Police Bureau must reject the harmful and divisive attitude expressed in that slide,” Wheeler said.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell released a statement announcing he had ordered the internal investigation and that the “message on the training presentation slide was contrary to PPB’s values and what we are trying to achieve as an organization,” CNN reported.

The 100-page PowerPoint presentation from 2018 provided straightforward guidance on how to handle mass protests and riots, but the final slide reflected a shift in tone. It featured an image of an officer in riot gear striking a seemingly unarmed protester.

“They may christen your heads with hickory, and anoint your faces with pepper spray,” the mock-biblical text accompanying the image read, along with a reference to protesters being “stitched and bandaged.”

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