Portland leaders to re-establish anti-gun violence unit

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland and city commissioners have reached a deal on proposals intended to stem a spike in gun violence over the past year.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the compromise, approved Wednesday, would re-establish a proactive team of uniformed police officers tasked with preventing shootings.

The team would operate with greater civilian oversight than its disbanded predecessor.

The move represents an about-face after city leaders in June voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget, reductions that included the elimination of the gun violence unit.

The cuts came amid racial justice protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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