High crime numbers spark controversy at Portland City Council

The Portland City Council during the Aug. 31 meeting.

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell presented the City Council with "eye-popping" crime statistics on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Lovell said the 2021 Annual Crime Report showed there were 89 homicides last year, a 65% increase compared to 2020. There also were 1,319 reported shootings in 2021, a 44% increase compared to 2020, and a 219% increase compared to 2019. Of those shootings, 334 were connected to injuries or homicide.