[Ed. – Can’t blame the sheriffs at all. This isn’t just taking a stance. It’s good leadership on behalf of their deputies, who would be the ones catching projectiles and lasers in the face in Portland if the sheriffs sent them in. The rules of engagement for Portland police have been out of whack for months. I wouldn’t agree to it either.]
Oregon sheriffs have rejected a request by Gov. Kate Brown to send personnel and resources to help “keep the peace and protect free speech” in Portland. It’s not that the sheriffs don’t want to help keep the peace. It’s just that they don’t believe Portland is serious about accomplishing this.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said, through a spokesperson, that in Portland “it’s about changing policy, not adding resources.” Truer words have seldom been spoken.
The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s Office. The next night they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again.