PORTLAND, OR -- Gun violence continues in Portland at a record-setting pace. According to the FBI, law enforcement are now being targeted in the course of investigations aimed at curbing the problem.
Kieran Ramsey, Special Agent In Charge of the Portland Field Office, says the FBI is helping Portland Police track down threats against officers, "We understand and accept the trauma that’s involved when we have this gun violence issue on any particular incident. We also appreciate the trauma that’s involved when there is a use of force by law enforcement. But one of the problems that right now we’re seeing is the fact that police officers are being attacked in the course of responding to 911 calls. And that is just absolutely unacceptable."
Ramsey told KBND News Friday, "In the last week, we have seen officers assaulted when making arrests, we’ve seen one officer almost run over by a vehicle, another officer actually run over by a vehicle - who is, I think, being released from the hospital today, and then another officer who was nearly shot at point blank range."
Portland Police now say the agency will withhold the names of those involved in recent officer-involved shootings because of threats against officers and concerns related to doxing - when someone’s personal information is released online.
Ramsey says the FBI is helping PPB any way it can, "If we do see legitimate threats made, our intent then is to identify who is making those threats, what their capability is to carry through those threats, and if in the course we see that, we can determine whether federal jurisdiction applies with some kind of violation of a federal statute; let alone, perhaps state and local statutes."