Poll: 27% of Oregon residents support abolishing police

A protester holds a sign calling for the prosecution of police officers during a demonstration in downtown Portland last year.

Abolishing the police — once a fringe issue — has become a mainstream, albeit minority opinion.

After a year of unrest that pitted Portland protesters against cops, around one-quarter of Oregonians now support eliminating their local police department and creating alternative teams of social workers, drug counselors and mental health experts, a new poll says.