Bad Partners: Why Local Law Enforcement Should Leave FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces
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About the Event
The FBI relies on the labor of state and local law enforcement officers assigned to the JTTFs, who agree to follow federal guidelines even if they conflict with state and local law, policies, and regulations. Civil rights advocates and community groups in Portland, San Francisco, and Oakland organized successful campaigns and lobbying operations to demand that their city legislatures hold local police accountable to local laws and ultimately withdraw from the JTTFs when the FBI refused to allow such public accountability. Advocates from each of these cities will discuss their efforts to organize public resistance to JTTF activities, enlist their elected representatives, craft legislation, and ultimately end local police participation in JTTFs, providing a model for other localities.