Portland Police Investigating Training Presentation Containing Meme

Photo: Mason Trinca/New York Times

The Facts

  • The Portland Police Bureau is investigating how a meme allegedly making light of violence was included in a 2018 training presentation.

  • The presentation was meant to train officers for dealing with mass protests and discouraged stereotyping protesters.

The Spin

Right narrative

Mayor Wheeler and other officials need a sense of humor. This was obviously a joke and the city has more important things to worry about.

Left narrative

The meme encouraged cops to use violence against protesters. This is something to investigate, not joke about.

Political split



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