Council OK's limited police-JTTF work
The City Council voted to allow the Portland Police Bureau to continue working the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on a case-by-case basis n Wednesday, May 8.
The vote was 4 to 0, with Commissioner Chloe Eudaly absent.
The council voted to withdraw from the JTTF on a 3-to-2 vote on Feb. 13. But that resolution called for another resolution to be introduced within 55 days describing parameters of engagement between the PPB and the JTTF on specific cases.
"This resolution sets general guidelines for the PPB to follow as it develops a directive that will specifically outline for PPB members how PPB will coordinate the sharing of information between PPB and the JTTF regarding the threat of terrorism," read the related impact statement.
The new resolution was introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler, who voted against the previous resolution, and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who sponsored it. Under the terms of the new resolution, of the chief of police can assign officers to specific terrorism and hate crime investigations if requested by the special agent in charge of the Portland FBI office.
The chief and deputy chief are also authorized to be liaisons to the JTTF.
The cases must have a Portland "nexus" and a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. The resolution prohibits the Portland officers from providing information related solely to immigration status, as prohibited by Oregon sanctuary laws.
The officers temporarily assigned to work with the JTTF are also required to attend annual training conducted by the Office of the City Attorney to ensure they comply with compliance with applicable state and federal laws.
Also voting to withdraw from the JTTF in February were commissioners Amanda Fritz and Jo Ann Hardesty. Voting with Wheeler to stay in was Commissioner Nick Fish.
You can read the resolution here.
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