According to data leaked earlier this month and reviewed by OPB, more than two dozen current and former police officers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, and members of the military in Oregon appear to have joined the anti-government, anti-immigrant extremist group since its founding in 2009.
The Tigard police officer who shot and killed Jacob MacDuff on Jan. 6 was hired by the Port of Portland Police Department despite an ongoing criminal investigation. He started work at the agency April 19, but was put on leave after OPB's reporting on the investigation.
The question comes at an important juncture for two local, high-profile shootings. Clark County's prosecutor is seeking an official from another county to review the Feb. 4 fatal shooting of Jenoah Donald. Meanwhile, the review of Kevin Peterson Jr.’s killing is due in the coming weeks.
Five out of six men and women have returned. None have been reassigned, instead they've resumed their duties as before. And prosecutors have not yet decided whether the shootings are justified or whether to press charges.