Officers resign from Portland protest response unit

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officers who serve on a specialized crowd control unit in Portland, Oregon, who have responded to the city’s ongoing, often violent protests have resigned en masse after criminal charges were filed against a team member.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the officers on the Rapid Response Team voted to resign from the team during a meeting Wednesday night.

The move by officers and sergeants to disband their own team came a day after a team member was indicted.

He is accused of fourth-degree assault stemming from a baton strike against a protester last summer.

The team has been on the front lines at social justice protests held in the city after the May 25 murder of George Floyd.

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