[a23]portland patri story.
Ted wheeler, portland mayor: "there's no question that the people in this community have long believed there's a bias in our police bureau, in favor of the white nationalism movement."
The mayor, who's also the police commissioner, is promising an investigation into what he calls disturbing texts between a police bureau commander and the head of the right wing patriot prayer group.
The two years worth of messages between lieutenant jeff niiya and joey gibson, paint what some call an overly friendly relationship.
For example, some of the texts reference a patriot prayer member who had a warrant out for his arrest.
Niiya texting to gibson: "btw, make sure tiny has his court stuff taken care of.
I was told on the radio at the jamison square event he had a warrant.
I told them we would not be arresting tiny right now.
So please be sure he's good to go before coming down."
I also talked one on one today with city commissioner jo ann hardesty: jo ann hardesty, portland city commissioner: "para military organizations act in lock-step.
So if we have one police officer that's doing this, there's many more than just one."
The pice union that represents niiya calls the mayor and hardesty's comments a rush to judgment, that quote "may serve to enflame and prejudice any administrative investition and its outcome ... lieutenant niiya was given direction by ppb management to establish relationships with known event or demonstration organizers."
Reporter question: "this was his job to essentially be at all.
I don't think that's the police lieutenant at the center of the controversy has