Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland
MAYOR TED WHEELER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2019
Contact: Sophia June, (503) 823-8582
Statement From Mayor Wheeler On Training & Independent Investigation
“First and foremost: Chief Outlaw and I are going to implement training for the Portland Police Bureau around how to identify white supremacy based on the recommendation of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations Oregon and the Western States Center.
Second: I will order an independent investigation to review the existence of bias in the actions of the PPB leading up to and during demonstrations involving alt-right and anti-fascist protesters. Chief Outlaw agrees this is a necessary next step and is more than ready to work with me on this. I have heard from the people of Portland. I agree we must do more to ensure that we adhere to the values affirmed by the resolution recently passed by City Council to condemn white supremacist and alt-right hate groups. I’ll be working with Chief Outlaw and community organizations in the days to come to solidify details.”
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