1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204
April 20, 2011
Mayor Adams made the right call when he announced his work plan to inform Council's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) decision. We have had a wide-ranging and thoughtful process.
As a City Commissioner, I take very seriously my duty to keep Portlanders safe. We face serious threats from Al Qaida, its allies, and from domestic terrorist groups. At this moment, Americans are in the field fighting and dying to protect our freedoms.
As a former civil rights lawyer, I also take very seriously my duty to protect our cherished Constitutional freedoms and liberties.
The Mayor's proposed resolution is an improvement over the 2005 resolution. I have worked closely with the Mayor to be sure the protections of civil rights are explicit and the supervision by Council and the police chief are clear.
However, I am concerned that the addition of the limitation to only allow Portland police officers to participate in "full investigations" is a fundamental flaw in the resolution. The provision is confusing and will prevent officers from performing basic police work when working with the JTTF.
I am confident that Council can create an agreement with our federal partners that will protect liberties and enhance safety. I will be working with my colleagues to bring an amendment to address what I see as a critical shortcoming in the proposed resolution.
Brad Schmidt and Maxine Bernstein in the Oregonian
April 19, 2011
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Maxine Bernstein in the Oregonian
Nigel Jaquiss in the Willamette Week