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Portland Mayor Orders Investigation of Friendly Texts Between Police and Far-Right Demonstrators

2 20 538

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, asked the city’s police chief to investigate “disturbing” text messages sent between a police lieutenant and the leader of a far-right group that organized rallies attended by violent extremists.

The texts, published Thursday by the Willamette Week, show that Portland’s commander for the police rapid response team, Jeff Niiya, was in communication with Joey Gibson, the leader of a group called Patriot Prayer, as Gibson organized far-right demonstrations in 2017 and 2018. Their texts were described as “friendly” and sometimes joking.

In one exchange from December 2017, Niiya asked Gibson about his companion’s arrest warrant. The man in question frequently fights antifascist protesters and has allegedly assaulted........

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