Wheeler's comment about Lt. Jeff Niiya may be 'inadvertent gift'

Early comments by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler could inadvertently help a police protest liaison facing investigation over his tests with Joe Gibson of Patriot Prayer, some lawyers say. Flanked by top polce brass, Wheeler is pictured third from right at last week's listening session concerning the texts.

With an internal investigation imminent of Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya over his texts with right-wing organizer Joey Gibson, Mayor Ted Wheeler already may have given the cop an unintended helping hand.

That hand? A seemingly routine press release.