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Portland cuts police budget over force, injustice

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City commissioners in Portland voted Wednesday to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget in response to concerns about use of force and racial injustice.

The cuts are part of a city budget approved by the commissioners with a 3-1 vote in a contentious meeting.

The money saved by eliminating a gun reduction violence team, school resource officers and transit division will be redirected to social service programs.

Chloe Eudaly, the lone commissioner to vote no on the cuts, said they weren’t deep enough.

The police budget had stood at about $245 million before the commission action.

Thousands of protesters have filled the streets of Portland every night for three weeks following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

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