The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking input from citizens in its investigation of possible civil-rights abuses by the Portland Police Bureau.

A news release today from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland asks citizens to call 471-5577 or email and schedule a meeting with the feds. The meetings will be held the first week in August at three unspecified locations throughout Portland, the news release says. 

"On June 8, 2011, the Justice Department opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has engaged in a pattern or practice of use of force which amounts to a violation of civil rights," the news release says. "Any individual that has specific and recent information they would like to share with the Department about their personal interaction with PPB officers may request an individual meeting."

"We fully support the U.S. Department of Justice in their efforts to get community input. We want people to talk to the investigators about their experiences," says Sgt. Pete Simpson, spokesman for the police bureau. "If they have good stories, bad stories, whatever information they want to offer—we want the Department of Justice to have a full picture."