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Joint Terrorism Task Force:
Letter urging Council to pass limiting resolution
Mayor Wheeler and members of City Council:
Tuesday, April 9 marked 55 days since the passage of the Resolution to pull Portland Police officers out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. That day was set as a deadline under binding City policy for the Mayor's office and Chief to work with Commissioner Hardesty on language describing how the PPB will interact with the FBI's JTTF in the future.*
We are hoping to see a second resolution which:
--limits the ways in which the PPB can get involved with FBI terrorism investigations, as defined by federal law and the JTTF's mission statement, including strict adherence to Oregon law and City policy and the requirement for a criminal nexus;
--addresses the concerns that the City cannot tell the FBI what to do;
--requires annual reports which include how often the PPB is asked to, and how many times PPB agrees to work with the JTTF;
--calls for the Bureau to draft a Directive (policy) outlining how such investigations will be handled, to be reviewed and approved by Council, with no changes allowed without public and Council review.
All of this seems to be in line with the Resolution that was passed after overwhelming testimony in favor on February 13. Please do not delay the implementation of the withdrawal any further. The organizations representing labor, faith, social justice, immigrant rights, environmental, African American, Asian American, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, business and other communities who urged Council to take responsibility for the actions of our police are counting on you to follow through with the promises made for a just and accountable Bureau.
ACLU of Oregon
April 17, 2019**
*- from the Resolution:
**-Signatures as of 12:10 PM April 17, more may be added in the future.
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