Portland police have given in to pressure and are now ending the practice of giving gang member identifications and are purging their gang database.
After a lot of pressure from city officials and community activists the Portland police have given in to discontinuing their gang database.
The pressure from activists came because they claimed that the gang identification negatively impacted people of color. Portland police agree that it leaves a lifelong stigma for those who have left that lifestyle… The majority being minorities.
The Daily Caller|Officials intend to notify the approximately 300 people on the gang list that the bureau will purge all records related to the designations, The Oregonian reported.
“There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation,” said Capt. Mike Krantz, according to The Oregonian. “We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away.”
City officials and community activists had long urged the bureau to stop attaching the gang designation to criminal suspects, claiming the practice disproportionately impacted people of color. A review of police data by The Oregonian last year found that 81 percent of the “criminal gang affiliates” in Portland’s database were racial or ethnic minorities.
“This is too long coming,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also the city’s police commissioner. “It was the right thing to do.”
Under the current policy, police officers can add someone to the gang database if the person self-identifies as a gang member, participates in a gang initiation ritual, commits a gang-related crime or displays two or more “observable signs” of gang membership. Neither a criminal conviction nor an arrest is required to attach a gang designation to a suspect’s file.
This whole tolerance, acceptance of all lifestyles type of “love” is getting way out of hand! Seriously, criminals are being protected. Makes no sense at all. The consequences a criminal has to live with is his or her own fault, not anyone else. This is how we come out with entitled, spoiled children. By not having consequences and constantly saving them from the results of their bad life choices.
This decision was just stupid, this will get Officers killed on the next stop because they won’t know that the guy is a gang member who is armed. The lefties are just getting more and more radical and stupid as time goes by. Now every gang on the west coast will be sending more gang members to Portland. That’s the place to be, no record of your gang affiliation because it isn’t fair to minorities and they must make things equal between them and the white people. *Rolling my eyes*