Video: Portland chief backs officers after violent attacks
In the video, intended for internal release, the chief praises officers' dedication and gives his full support to them
Editor’s Note: I’ve never met Portland (Ore.) Police Chief Mike Reese, but judging from the video he distributed to his troops this week, my gut tells me that he might well be a great police leader. Check out my commentary on this story (entitled The opposite of REMF: Chief's video shows leadership).
— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
By PoliceOne Staff
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland's police chief has released a video to his officers to rally department members after a spate of recent violent incidents involving officers.
In the video, which was intended for internal release, Chief Mike Reese praises officers' dedication and gives his full support to them.
It comes in the wake of a report by the U.S. Department of Justice — which Chief Reese mentions in the video — that claimed the Portland Police Bureau engages in "a pattern or practice of excessive use of force."
“I want you to know that I support your daily work, and the tough situations that officers respond to,” Reese says in the video.
He cites such situations as an armed pursuit that ended in injuries to officers, the throwing of a Molotov cocktail, and an out-of-hand Occupy Portland protest, among other events.
Chief Reese specifically mentions that officers may feel conflicted about how they respond to calls after the report, and he tells officers to continue to use "reasonable force to take people into custody" as they strive to keep the community safe.