Portland police detail interactions with FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
The Portland City Council heard from police representatives Jan. 27 about the city's 2020 involvement with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
City police shared a report that was mandated as part of a 2019 resolution withdrawing Portland from the task force over concerns it had committed civil rights violations, had insufficient civilian oversight, and could be used to unjustly target Muslims and communities of color during the Trump administration.
The report's release comes at a time when federal law enforcement has said it wants to focus more on domestic terror threats, particularly in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
According to the police department's report, the FBI requested Portland Police Bureau assistance on six cases in 2020. The federal agency referred four cases to Portland police for investigation and the city police bureau referred six cases to the FBI. In all six cases Portland police referred to the FBI, all the suspects were white males. The cases included threats against public officials, threats of targeted violence and a bomb threat.
The small number of cases referred back and forth last year continued a downward trend from the previous two years, when those numbers were substantially higher.
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