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Story by Morgan Romero, Destiny Johnson (KGW channel 8) - Story Source
Published on Wednesday May 26, 2021 - 8:28 AM
 
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PORTLAND, Oregon - May 25, 2021 marks one year since former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.

Since Floyd's murder, there has been civil unrest across the country. The city of Portland saw more than 100 straight nights of protests, some of which were peaceful and others of which made national news headlines for the violence perpetrated by and against police.

Activists and city leaders called for police reform and over the past year some progress had been made. But still, activists and city leaders don't seem to be completely on the same page.

"We have done so much in the past year," said Portland activist Cameron Whitten. "I am grateful for that but let me be really clear and say I have concerns."

"There are many different things and components that will make up a "reimagining of public safety". But none of those systems matter if there's no accountability," said police reform activist Candace Avalos.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said that the city has made "reductions and investments which advance police reform and reinvestment in community safety."

This investment in community safety came at the price of a $15 million budget cut from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) in 2020. Those cuts cost PPB three units including the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT). That money was then diverted to community programs aimed at assisting people of color...