The last thing the most progressive city in America wants to do is give the appearance of racism, so the Portland PD is ditching it’s gang database. Apparently since most gangbangers are minorities, keeping track of them and their criminal activities is an act of racial hatred or something. Who cares if tracking gang affiliations is a great crime fighting tool when the feelings of scumbags are at stake, right?
The Oregonian reports:
Portland police next month will end their more than 20-year-old practice of designating people as gang members or gang associates in response to strong community concerns about the labels that have disproportionately affected minorities.
The Police Bureau recognizes that the gang designations have led to “unintended consequences” and served as lifelong barriers for those who have shunned the gang lifestyle and tried to get jobs, said Acting Tactical Operations Capt. Andy Shearer.
Yes, it’s always a shame when someone is held accountable for their actions. Thank goodness for this progressive policy to allow truly shitty people the chance to hide their horrible decisions.
Now get ready to be outraged by how unfair the system is:
A review by Oregonian/OregonLive reporter Carli Brosseau last year found that of the 359 “criminal gang affiliates” flagged in Portland’s database as of last summer, 81 percent were part of a racial or ethnic minority.
Just because most gangbangers are minorities doesn’t mean it’s racist to note that most gangbangers are minorities. On the right side of logic well just call that a fact. This is as silly as saying it’s racist to arrest and jail minorities for crimes they have committed, because a disproportionate amount of minorities end up behind bars.
Getting designated as a gang member wasn’t some random thing, there was actually a sound methodology behind it:
Police were able to add someone to the list if the person self-identified as a member of a gang, participated in a gang initiation ritual, committed a gang-related crime or displayed two or more observable signs of gang membership.
So to get into the gang database you had to actually be a gangbanger? Gosh, that is racist.
“Gang violence isn’t going to go away. There are still crimes attributed to known gang sets. There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation. We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away,” said Capt. Mike Krantz, who spearheaded the elimination of the database.
But that one thing is actually really useful. See, when trying to solve gang-related violent crime, it’s an important tool for investigators to know what gangs are involved and who the members are. Often gang affiliations lead to suspects, which in turn leads to arrests and convictions.
But hey, who am I to judge? Portland lets those white Antifa leftist terrorists run loose, so it’s only fair that they also make it easier for minorities to get away with crime too.
Liberal cities like Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver go out of their way to accommodate criminals, illegal aliens, and street scum. Eventually, these places will become so unlivable because of crime and filth that even the liberal nitwits in charge are going to have to rethink their progressive policies. Actually, they will probably just abandoned the hellholes they’ve created and start over by ruining new cities.