Council sets Feb. 13 vote on FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
The Portland City Council will vote Feb. 13 on a resolution to withdraw from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
New Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty promised to put the issue to a vote during her 2018 campaign.
Hardesty says she recently met with officials from the FBI to learn more about the work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between FBI agents and local law enforcement officers.
Hardesty says nothing she heard in that meeting convinced her to change her position that the city should pull its police officers out.
"What I felt is that they are still a very top secret organization that really does not share information with folks about what they are involved in and why," she said.
Portland's vote will follow a move in 2017 by San Francisco to withdraw its officers from the JTTF there. Portland withdrew from the JTTF under Mayor Tom Potter, a former Portland police chief, and then rejoined in 2015.
Hardesty says the ordinance she plans to introduce will be limited to the question of whether the city should remain involved in the task force.
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