Portland tries to stem gun violence without adding police

Portland is on pace to hit 100 homicides this year, an unprecedented tide of violence that many other cities also are facing. Last week, the City Council unanimously acted, funneling millions to violence prevention groups and creating a new police unit.


On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, City Hall reporter Shane Dixon Kavanaugh and cops and courts reporter Maxine Bernstein talk about Portland’s new plan to tackle gun violence without boosting spending on police.


We discussed how the deal came about; how it compares to the Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team disbanded last year; what the money will allow these groups to do, and much more.


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