It was reported by Fox Butterfield, in the New York Times today, Nov. 21, 2001, that the Portland Police Dept. will not assist the FBI in questioning 200 young middle eastern men, as ordered by Attorney General John Ashcroft.
"Mr. Kirkland said Oregon law prohibited the local police from questioning immigrants when they were not suspected of any crime and the only issue under discussion was their foreign citizenship."
"But the F.B.I. list, he said, contained "no specifics" about what crimes the 5,000 men might be involved with, saying only that they had come to this country in the last two years on student, tourist or business visas from countries with suspected terrorist links. The department also received a list of questions about the men's activities and knowledge of terrorist groups, he said."
"Mr. Kirkland, who is black, said his own background had also played a role in his decision. "I grew up in Detroit," he said,"and I hated the police with a passion. They were always stopping and bothering me."
"Charles Gorder, an assistant United States attorney in Portland, said he could not comment on the decision by the police. But Mr. Gorder, who is coordinator of the local F.B.I. joint terrorism task force, said, "We will get the interviews done," suggesting that F.B.I. agents would do the questioning themselves. "We do not think there any violations of state or federal law," Mr. Gorder added."
This is all very interesting, especially when papa Kroker returns and Charlie starts crying about how Officer Kirkland isn't playing along with the PJTT (Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force).
Citizens of Portland, who appreciate police that respect them and the law, should call and commend Officer Andrew Kirkland for this decision. It takes courage to make the right decisions and not just "go along" in times like these.
Gee Officer Kirkland might make a great leader of the police department... what am I thinking... not while Vera's around, she likes 'em docile.