Portland Police Chief: Ongoing riots straining dept. resources

An Oregon State Police officer stands watch as fellow officers extinguish a fire, lit by protesters, behind the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sun, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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UPDATED 6:30 PM PT — Wednesday, August 5, 2020

After 70 nights of protests in Portland, the city’s police chief has admitted his department’s resources are strained from attempting to quell excessive violence. On Wednesday, Police Chief Chuck Lowell confirmed the violent activity has turned into a problem for the police department.

Despite the risk and resistance law enforcement is facing during this time, Lowell reaffirmed the police continue to come back every night because they love the city.

“They still come back every day to give service to the community under what are really tough circumstances. It really affects their wellness and their families. They love this city so much that they keep coming back and they keep serving. I’m very proud of them. I can’t say enough how proud I am of their resilience and their dedication to Portland.” – Chief Chuck Lowell, Portland Police Bureau

His remarks came one day after rioters gathered outside the police union hall. They called to defund the police and reportedly attempted to light the building on fire.

A crowd gathers during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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