The Portland Police Bureau is conducting an internal investigation into a training presentation for dealing with mass protests that included a meme describing violence against protesters that begins, "And the Lord said... Woe be unto you, dirty hippy."
"I am disgusted that this offensive content was added to a training presentation for our police officers," Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement released Friday.
The image, which appeared at the end of a 110-page PowerPoint presentation, shows a photo of a person in tactical gear attacking what appears to be an unarmed protester. The accompanying message, written as mock Bible verses, states that, "They may christen your heads with hickory, and anoint your faces with pepper spray." It goes on to refer to people being "cuffed and stuffed," as well as "stitched and bandaged."