We progressive politicians find enough wrong with the way the world runs. We ought to celebrate the small successes that turn up. Here’s one:
Police took a 33-year-old man into custody Monday night after a nearly two-hour standoff outside Lloyd Center.
Police said the man surrendered after 9:30 p.m. March 30 to North Precinct officers who had been talking with him for two hours near the east side of the mall. The man’s name was not released. He was taken to a Portland hospital for mental health evaluation.
Police said the incident began earlier in the evening when the man outside the mall told officers he was armed with knives and a gun. Officers began talking with him and called the bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team and the Special Emergency Reaction Team for help.
Before both could arrive, officers were able to get the man to surrender. His knives were taken for safekeeping, police said. He was not armed with a gun.
The Portland police showed commendable restraint here, and should be congratulated for a job well done in this instance. Of course, it was a week ago or so they killed a man for nothing.