- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has removed the head of the state Department of Justice’s criminal division from his post.

The DOJ’s staff announcement says Darin Tweedt will no longer serve as chief counsel of the division, a position he’s held for the past five years.

Spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson declined to say why Tweedt was demoted. Edmunson said “after three years in office, the Attorney General felt like this was the appropriate time to make a leadership change.”

The move comes as the criminal division is being investigated over allegations of conducting digital surveillance on Oregonians who used the hashtag #Black Lives Matter.

Officials said Michael Slauson, the Attorney General’s special counsel on public safety, will serve as the acting division administrator. Tweedt will continue to work as a senior assistant attorney general within the department.

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