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Portland Police Under Fire for Training Materials Which Mock Protesters, Advocate Violence

HeadlineJan 19, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has requested Portland’s police chief and city attorney hand over all Portland Police Rapid Response Team training materials, following news last week the training slideshow contained a meme-like image mocking demonstrators and advocating violence against them. The image, which is believed to date from 2018 and shows a police officer in riot gear hitting a protester, came to light as part of a lawsuit around 2020’s racial justice protests in Oregon. The slide also refers to the civilian being attacked as a “dirty hippy.”

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