Portland deploying unarmed park rangers to combat surge in shootings

The Portland City Council in Oregon has a new plan to fight a rising tide of gun violence: deploying unarmed park rangers who are not sworn law enforcement officers in some of the city’s most dangerous quarters.

The city moved forward with the plan on Wednesday, giving the rangers a $1.4 million boost to “provide a positive, unarmed community safety presence in Portland’s parks and surrounding neighborhoods.” People in the program can enforce park ordinances, and “when voluntary compliance cannot be gained, exclusions or ejections may be used, as well as civil penalties in limited cases.”

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