In Crime-Ridden Portland, Cops Have ‘Almost Disappeared’

People stand in front of Rhodes Funeral Services (R) as Chicago Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 2020. - A shootout outside a funeral left 14 people wounded July 21 in Chicago, as President Donald Trump threatens to send federal agents to a handful of US cities led by Democratic mayors. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Violent crime surged 38 percent in Portland between 2020 and 2021, according to FBI data, outpacing the rest of the country.
  • Guzman’s customers tell her they’re frightened by people trespassing on their property and even stealing items, often while high on drugs.
  • “They have questions like, ‘Where are the police? How come they can’t come?’” Guzman said. “We used to see them all the time.”

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