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Police chief backpedals after statements about Occupy

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is backpedaling after some powerful statements made surrounding Occupy Portland.

During Thursday's protest at a downtown bank, Reese told FOX 12 that Occupy is draining the bureau's resources.

He cited a recent case, where he said a rape victim had to wait three hours for officers to respond to her 911 call.

"A couple days ago Commissioner Fritz called and said that they had a rape victim standing by for police for three hours, and we didn't have anyone to go," said Reese.

"It's frustrating because that's what we are supposed to be doing, and while I respect the right for people to protest, it would help if they gave us information about where they're going."

Portland police, however, are now clarifying the details regarding the alleged incident. They say the delayed response time wasn't all due to Occupy Portland protests.

The bureau says the 911 call for the suspected rape was actually made Nov. 6, not during any of the Occupy protests.

The suspected victim told police the attack had happened two days earlier and had been ongoing for months.

A sergeant told her the call would need to hold for awhile because there were only two free officers responding to emergency calls.

During that time Portland police had several officers assigned to monitor the downtown camps at Champman and Lownsdale Squares.

They were also responding to three other high priority calls, including a shooting investigation, an incident where two park rangers were attacked and a serious crash.        

Occupy Portland released this statement today about the incident:

"To use an individual who may have been the victim of a horribly violent crime in order to blame protesters for the overreaction of the Portland police is a complete dereliction of office on the part of Mike Reese."

FOX 12 called Reese for comment, but he declined.

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