Mayor Charlie Hales says he is not yet ready to pull Portland Police officers off an FBI terrorism task force. But in a council meeting Wednesday the mayor said he is unhappy with the status quo.
Here's what we know. At least two Portland police officers have helped the FBI investigate at least one case of suspected domestic terrorism.
The rest is secret. Even from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Last year, Hales requested a security clearance so he could receive briefings on the Joint Terrorism Task Force's work in Portland.
Hales' request for a clearance was rejected. That bothers Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
"You're in charge of the police. I think it's beyond frustrating that you don't have access to the information your bureau chief has," Fritz said.
The FBI would not comment on why Hales' clearance was rejected. The mayor says he will try again to obtain a security clearance.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.