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Every member of a police crowd-control unit in the US city of Portland has resigned after one of its officers was indicted on an assault charge. The charge stemmed from violent anti-racism protests that rocked the city, in the state of Oregon, last year. Prosecutors allege the officer used “excessive and unlawful use of force” against a protester in August 2020. But Portland’s police union described the decision to prosecute the officer as “politically driven”. The crowd-control unit, known as the Rapid Response Team (RRT), comprised about 50 police officers. They serve in the team voluntarily and are deployed during events such as riots, large-scale searches or disaster situations. In a statement, Portland police said members had “left their voluntary positions and no longer comprise a team”. It said the officers would continue in their regular assignments.

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