Cops In Collusion: Civic Engagement and Police Accountability
Text messages obtained by the Willamette Week revealed exchanges between Portland Police Lieutenant Jeff Niya and right-wing leader Joey Gibson of the Proud Boys. Establishing communications between police and protestors is not unusual, however these texts appear to cross professional boundaries.
“I am not shocked and I am not surprised at today’s reporting of Lt. Jeff Niya’s collaboration with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson over text to provide aid and support for their hate marches. This story like many that have come before it, simply confirms what many in the community have already known- there are members of the Portland police force who work in collusion with right-wing extremists,” Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said in a news release.
In a series of tweets Mayor Ted Wheeler said that there will be an independent investigation to review the existence of bias present in the actions between PPB and protests between alt-right and anti-fascist groups.
Community members will be able to express their concerns at a listening session this Thursday, the 21st, as well as engage in other dialogues concerning the Portland Police Bureau at the dates and locations listed below.
Civic Engagement Calendar:
Community Listening Session hosted by the Portland Police Bureau:
Maranatha Church 4222 NE 12th Avenue
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Portland Committee for Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP) Meeting:
Taborspace – Dining Room – 5441 SE Belmont Street
Tuesday, February 26 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Body Worn Camera Pilot Program Town Hall:
Matt Dishman Community Center 77 NE Knott St
Friday, February 22, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019