The Democrat-controlled anti-police “utopia” of Portland has told residents not to call 911 unless they are reporting a “life/death emergency.”
The remaining police in the Oregon city are now stretched so thin that they can only respond to emergencies that involve a significant risk of people dying.
Portland, like many other blue cities across America, slashed its police budget in response to the violent Black Lives Matter-led rioting in 2020.
To combat the issue of fewer cops and soaring violent crime, police are now placing limits on the types of calls they can respond to.
News Nation reports that Portland’s Democrat safety commissioner, Rene Gonzalez, is calling on the public to stop calling 911 unless someone could die if they don’t.
The people of Portland are also asked not to call 911 if the dangerous criminal has already fled the scene.
On Monday, Gonzalez announced via social media:
Our 911 system is getting hammered this morning with a multiple person incident — multiple overdoses in northwest park blocks.
Please do not call 911 except in event of life/death emergency or crime in progress (or chance of apprehending suspect).
For non-emergency please use 503-823-3333.
Appearing on the show “On Balance,” Gonzalez told host Leland Vittert that the system was swamped and something had to be done.
He said that Measure 110, which decriminalized the possession of drugs and reduced many felonies to misdemeanors, was supposed to provide support services to addicts.
However, the effort was curtailed due to the pandemic.
“You know, the combination of Measure 110 and the 9th Circuit law on outdoor camping has really tied the city’s hands to address these issues,” Gonzalez told Vittert.
“Frankly, we were probably too tolerant and accepting as a city even without those things on some of these behaviors that really destroy livability for everyone else.
“It’s going to take multiple steps (to fix).
“There’s no two ways about it, and you need all levels of government working in the same direction.
“We’ve been pushing certain forms of judicial reform for the last decade in the state and in our county.
“We’re now paying the piper for that.
“Some well-intentioned things have had some really negative impacts.”
Gonzalez admitted that the city needs to focus its efforts on “families and entrepreneurs and those who build organizations in our policy discussions.”
He said too much emphasis has been placed on the users and migratory homeless.