The resignations were effective immediately, according to the Portland Police Bureau, and come after the indictment on Tuesday of Officer Corey Budworth, for assault throughout an incident in which he supposedly struck photographer Teri Jacobs in the head throughout a riot last August.
'Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system,' the Portland Police Association announced in a statement Tuesday.
Video of the incident was shared on social media, in which Budworth seems to push the photographer, who has been identified as Jacobs, an activist, and then striking her in the head with his baton.
Jacobs explains she was attacked notwithstanding carrying a press card. She was not charged with any crime and got a $50,000 settlement from the City of Portland as a result of the baton strike. Cops have proceeded to maintain she was part of a riot which set a government building alight with a petrol bomb.
The officers from the Rapid Response Team, which is equipped to handle riots, will stay employed in the Portland Police Department, the PPB announced, though would no longer be a part of the team.[tweet_embed]
It is not clear how the resignation would affect the department's effectiveness throughout riots, with the Oregon city undergoing nightly unrest in its downtown district for the last year.
Under the cover of darkness, a group of 200 demonstrators, many equipped with tactical helmets, faces covered, and armed with a variety of weapons, sparked a night of violence. Multiple dumpsters were set on fire, buildings were defaced, and windows were broken.' the Portland Police Association announced, giving its story of the events of August 18 when the assault supposedly transpired.
Ultimately, the event escalated and was pronounced a riot.
'After nearly 75 consecutive nights of violence, destruction, and mayhem, a small group of RRT (Rapid Response Team) officers—including Officer Budworth—were again tasked with dealing with the riot,' the description continued. Per PPB Command Staff orders, RRT officers cleared the rioters from the area to allow the Fire Bureau to extinguish the blaze. But the rioters were not satisfied.'
'RRT was again deployed to disperse the crowd and prevent any further violence and criminal activity. A confrontation then ensued. As RRT officers worked to clear the rioting crowd, Officer Budworth was forcefully knocked to the ground. The crowd grew even more aggressive, prompting other RRT officers to deploy pepper spray and less lethal munitions to try and break up the riot.'