Portland reels from deadly gang violence amid calls to defund police: 'People are scared'

As of Thursday, there have been 37 homicides in Oregon’s largest city so far this year, more than six times the number recorded in the same period last year, according to The Associated Press. The city’s current annual record for homicides is 70, set in 1987. 

“People are scared. They are angry. They are fed up,” Portland Police Sgt. Ken Duilio told the news agency. 

Portland is grappling with an uptick in homicides attributed to gang violence. (Portland Police Bureau/Facebook)

Portland is grappling with an uptick in homicides attributed to gang violence. (Portland Police Bureau/Facebook)

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