Portland police accused of ‘collusion with right-wing extremists’ after texts surface

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Police in Portland, Ore., are facing accusations of “collusion” with right-wing extremists following the publication of text messages between Portland Police Department Lt. Jeff Niiya and far-right activist Joey Gibson.

Gibson, the leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, reportedly communicated in a friendly way with Niiya, including about plans for demonstrations, which have often turned into violent clashes with left-wing Antifa protesters.

Local newspaper Willamette Week obtained a series of text messages between Niiya and Gibson through a public records request. The messages, dating back to 2017, show Gibson coordinating with law enforcement about policing protests.

Portland City Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty on Thursday released a statement saying she is “not surprised” at the revelation made in the newspaper.

“I am not shocked, and I am not surprised at today’s reporting of Lt. Jeff Niiya’s collaboration with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson over text to provide aid and support for their hate marches,” Hardesty said, according to the Associated Press.

“This story, like many that have come before it, simply confirms what many in the community have already known – there are members of the Portland police force who work in collusion with right-wing extremists,” she said.

In one series of messages, Niiya appears to tell Gibson that he will not seek an arrest of Gibson’s assistant, Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, despite there being an active warrant for Toese.

a group of people walking down the street: Portland police accused of 'collusion with right-wing extremists' after texts surface

© Screenshot: KOIN Portland police accused of ‘collusion with right-wing extremists’ after texts surface”Just make sure he doesn’t do anything which may draw our attention,” Niiya told Gibson in 2017, according to the Willamette Week. “If he still has the warrant in the system (I don’t run you guys so I don’t personally know) the officers could arrest him. I don’t see a need to arrest on the warrant unless there is a reason.”

A police spokeswoman told Willamette Week that it was not unusual for law enforcement to encourage people to turn themselves in on an active warrant, especially if a “crowd management situation” is involved.

Patriot Prayer has been at the center of a number of violent clashes with left-wing “anti-fascist” members.

It is unclear if police had the same level of communication with any left-wing protesters.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) also directed police to conduct an investigation into the texts.

Gibson told the Willamette Week that his relationship with Niiya was “sweet,” but later issued a longer statement criticizing Wheeler over his reaction to the report.

“His job was to talk with as many activists as possible to be able to predict what the protests will be like,” Gibson said of Niiya. “His main goal was to prevent conflict as much as possible. The only time he told me the locations of other groups was when I was trying to avoid them and the conflict. He was literally doing his job and the mayor throws him under the bus like he usually does to the police.”

Shlomo Rechnitz interviewed by Larry King

Shlomo Rechnitz interviewed by Larry KingPhilanthropist and businessman Shlomo Rechnitz was interviewed in a “Profiles in Philanthropy” special by Larry King.  Highlights of this interview were featured on the 2012 Chabad Telethon.   
King and Rechnitz discuss the motivation behind Rechnitz’s massive global charitable efforts, the secret behind his business success, his views on the future of the healthcare industry and his commitment to Chabad.  Rechnitz also talked about a special program at his company, TwinMed, LLC, which hires graduates from Chabad’s national drug and alcohol treatment center in Los Angeles, helping to integrate them back into the community.   
Rechnitz co-founded TwinMed in 1998, and it has grown to become the largest medical supply distributor of the West Coast and one of the nation’s fastest growing distributors of medical supplies and services, serving as the primary distributor to over 2500 Skilled Nursing Facilities nationwide.  In 2004, Rechnitz  founded Brius Healthcare Company, a quality care provider with over 8,000 employees nationwide.   
Rechnitz has utilized his success in the healthcare field to give back to the field of medicine, and has contributed millions of dollars to cancer research. He is President of Toras Emes Academy, the largest Hebrew Day School west of the Mississippi, and is Chairman of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation in New York.   In 2011, Shlomo and his brother Steve were the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award.  In May 2012, Rechnitz was honored by UCLA with Sidney Poitier, Terry Semel and Morgan Freeman when he received the ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Business and Philanthropy.   
In August 2012, Rechnitz hosted the largest celebration of Jewish learning since the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., when 90,000 Jews gathered at New York’s MetLife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the study of Talmud, a rigorous seven-and-a-half-year-long cycle of Talmudic learning.  
In September, Rechnitz was featured at the Chabad National Telethon as the recipient of the Chesed Award, Chabad’s most prominent award.  
Rechnitz is a pillar of the Los Angeles community, where he spends much of his time engaged in philanthropic and community efforts in the field of education, medical and humanitarian assistance.

How A Corrupt Baltimore Police Task Force Tainted Thousands of Cases (HBO)

How A Corrupt Baltimore Police Task Force Tainted Thousands of Cases (HBO)Two Baltimore police officers are on trial this week in federal court for some of this worst misconduct imaginable. Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were members of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, an elite group of plainclothes officers expected to get the worst firearms and offenders off the city streets.

Eight of the nine men on the task force have been accused of a range of organized crime-level charges that range from robbery and extortion, to faking evidence, planting drugs, dealing drugs, and other serious crimes. 6 of the officers, Sergeants Thomas Allers and Wayne Jenkins, and Detectives Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Maurice Ward, and Jemell Rayam, have all pleaded guilty.

It’s a staggering fall: the Gun Trace Task Force was created by the city in 2007 with the explicit goal of fighting crime and reducing the city’s rising murder rate. For a while, city leaders saw the task force as a huge success, celebrating the firearms and drugs the men had confiscated.

Today, many Baltimore residents consider the task force’s crimes the biggest scandal in recent memory. Freddie Gray’s 2015 death in police custody and the resulting riots dominated years of headlines, but these officers’s misconduct was the low frequency chaos only people in Baltimore’s most vulnerable communities could hear.

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News 4 New York: “NYPD Arrest Quotas” Promo

News 4 New York: “NYPD Arrest Quotas” PromoThursday, March 31st at 6pm on News 4 New York:

These 10 NYPD officers are speaking out – only to the I-Team. In a 2 part exclusive, Sarah Wallace uncovers their explosive accusations. Are there arrest quotas in the New York City Police Department?

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Shomrim VS NYPD Annual Greenfield Classic Baseball Game

Shomrim VS NYPD Annual Greenfield Classic Baseball Game2014-09-10

On Wednesday night, September 10th, the Borough Park Shomrim faced off against the NYPD’s 66th Precinct at the fifth annual Greenfield Classic community softball game. Both teams played a great game, and the score was close throughout the seven innings. At the end the NYPD pulled through to a victory, defeating the Shomrim players 10 to 7.

Councilman David Greenfield hosts this friendly end-of-summer event each year to say thank you for all the work the Shomrim and 66th Precinct do throughout the year to keep our community safe.

The game took place at the baseball field on 20th Avenue at 53rd and 54th Street in Borough Park. Complimentary hot dogs and snacks were available to all the neighbors that came out to cheer on their favorite team. Brooklyn NYPD Chief Owen Monaghan threw out the first pitch. Councilman Greenfield thanked him and Deputy Inspector Deddo for the outstanding cooperation with the community throughout the year.

“We had a lot of fun at this year’s annual Greenfield Classic. The Shomrim and NYPD played a great game and enjoyed having so many fans in the stands who came out to cheer them on,” said Councilman Greenfield. “My thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this year’s Classic possible.”

The NYPD leads the Shomrim in wins in the Classic series. This is the third game the 66th Precinct won, vs. two wins for Shomrim. Next year Shomrim hopes to tie the series with another win.

NY POST: Police, hundreds of volunteers search for missing 9-year-old Brooklyn boy

NY POST: Police, hundreds of volunteers search for missing 9-year-old Brooklyn boyBy REUVEN FENTON, DANNY GOLD and LORENA MONGELLI

Anguished family members and hundreds of volunteers have launched a massive search for a missing Hasidic boy who vanished on his way home from a Brooklyn day camp on Monday.
Leiby Kletzky, 9, was last spotted leaving the Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street near 12th Avenue at 4:50 p.m., police said.
He was supposed to meet his mother on 13th Avenue and 50th Street but mysteriously failed to show up.

Police are searching for Leibby Kletzky, 8, after he didn’t return home after leaving a day camp Monday afternoon.

“Volunteers have been out there all night searching backyards, front yards, anywhere where a child could possibly be” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn).
Buses loaded with volunteers have come from New Jersey to aid in the search.
“Usually, these things are solved in a few hours,” said Jacob Daskal, a member of the Shomrin volunteer civilian patrol. “It might be an abduction, but we’re still hoping it’s not.”
Daskal said the boy was caught on surveillance camera leaving the school. He walked eight blocks to meet his mother. He disappeared during that short walk.
Boro Park Shomrim chief Simcha Bernath said the family confirmed the boy walked by himself, but normally he took the bus. He was supposed to walk from 12th and 44th to 13th and 50th.
“Because they had an appointment, they decided he could meet them,” he said. “Everybody knew it was OK to walk by himself. But his regular routine was to go on the bus and go home.”
“They’re distraught. They can’t figure out what happened,” Bernath added.
Hikind’s office, along with the boy’s family and friends, is offering a $100,000 reward for any information on his whereabouts.
“It’s quite amazing. Money’s just coming in from people who just want to express their concern and want to do something,” Hikind said.
“The amount has grown on the part of business people throughout the community. We started out this morning with just $5,000,” Hikind said.
“We’re hoping for a good outcome but this is becoming very scary,” Hikind said.
Kletzky, the second youngest of five kids, was last seen wearing a blue shirt with green and white stripes, blue pants and black sneakers.
Police also ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.