After yet another weekend in Portland marked by an outburst in high-profile violent crime, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office held a press conference on Wednesday to highlight what local leaders are doing to curb the trend.
DA Mike Schmidt led the conference, but was joined by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall and Gresham Police Chief Travis Gullberg, among others.
Unlike previous press conferences held by Portland metro leaders to address the rise in violent crime, Wednesday’s briefing did not feature the announcement of some specific initiative meant to bring new strategies to bear on gun violence, for instance.
Instead, as Schmidt later admitted, the primary purpose was to impress on the public that prosecutors, police and local government officials are working closely to bring criminals to justice — pushing back against an image of the criminal justice system in Multnomah County as dysfunctional.
“As we grapple with a surge in violent crime … collaboration is happening at every level,” Schmidt said.
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