The Portland Police Department was forced to clarify “concerns” that an officer was showing support for a Proud Boys rally when he wore a hat with a ‘P’ on it. The ‘P’ in question actually represents a police union.
“We have heard concerns with a hat being worn by some police officers that has a ‘P’ on it,” city police tweeted on Saturday afternoon in the midst of separate Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter events. “Some say this is to support of one of the groups gathering. That is not true. The P represents the Portland Police Association, is approved for uniform wear, and is commonly seen on patrol.”
We have heard concerns with a hat being worn by some police officers that has a “P” on it. Some say this is to support of one of the groups gathering. That is not true. The P represents the Portland Police Association, is approved for uniform wear, and is commonly seen on patrol. pic.twitter.com/lWjJTsy0K3
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 26, 2020
The photo posted by the police department was credited by police to New York Times correspondent Mike Baker who shared a video of officers talking to the organizers of the Proud Boys event. Though he did not make the direct connection as many others did on social media, Baker did say that two officers were wearing the ‘P’ hats and that several people at the rally told them, “nice hats.”
A half-dozen Portland police officers have arrived to cool things down and ask the Proud Boys to leave others alone.
Two of the police officers are wearing hats with a yellow “P” on the front. One says it’s a police union hat but said people have told him “nice hat.” pic.twitter.com/l7R0kaGICE
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) September 26, 2020
In the video posted, one of the officers can be seen and the back of his hat reads ‘PPA,’ standing for Portland Police Association, a labor union.
Still, complaints rolled in and police had to respond, which has led many social media users to mock the overly sensitive critics and to post more clothing sporting the letter ‘P’ on it.
Antifa are so paranoid in Portland that they mistook a police union hat for a Proud Boys hat. https://t.co/DKiNEk6Tr6
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 26, 2020
I heard the Proud Boys have a professional baseball team as well. pic.twitter.com/7VjuFbLll2
— OldManSoups (@ManSoups) September 26, 2020
This dangerous boogaloo boy was caught teeing off on a peaceful protester pic.twitter.com/EX3V6BHgrI
— deronijabroni (@deronijabroni) September 26, 2020
Look out for this guy. pic.twitter.com/taekfH1IjR
— Jason Hawthorne (@jason_hawthorne) September 26, 2020
The Proud Boys rally took place in Delta Park and was surrounded by police, who closely monitored the situation following Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordering a state of emergency in anticipation of the right-wing group’s event.
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