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Looks like some #BlackGirlMagic is being sprinkled in Portland as Mayor Ted Wheeler announces that he is appointing the first Black woman as police chief.

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According to Essence, Wheeler said, “I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul. Danielle Outlaw is that person.”

She is a 19-year-veteran of the Oakland Police Department and stood out the most amongst 33 candidates.

Outlaw recently spoke out and said, “My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community. Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.”

The Portland police department is experiencing multiple issues and Outlaw is hoping to get the job done. We wish her the best of luck in her new job.

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