Results for Think Out Loud (Other Results)
The City Auditor has released an external review of Portland Police activities around seven officer-involved shootings between 2004 and 2010. The report details what happened in each case, summarizes similarities, and offers 13 recommendations. Several of the recommendations are:
- The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) should maintain its partnership with Project Respond and make the Mobile Crisis Unit a permanent team, ideally with expanded personnel, hours, and scope.
- PPB should reexamine its current policy on Taser use in light of current research indicating the elevated dangers of prolonged Taser use.
- PPB should consider ways in which it can integrate its Critical Incident Management training curriculum into training opportunities for patrol officers.
On Monday night, Portland police officers fatally shot a man who fired a shotgun at them in an empty parking garage. The 32-year-old man, Santiago Cisneros III, was a veteran who may have been suffering from PTSD. Just two days later, a grand jury ruled on another recent shooting. The jury found that Portland officers were justified in using deadly force against Merle Hatch at Adventist Medical Center on February 17. Hatch appeared to be armed and can be seen on a cell phone video taunting the officers. It was later revealed that he did not have a weapon.
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese will retire in early 2015.
About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report of an investigation that found Portland police have engaged in a pattern of excessive force, especially against people with mental illness. This week, the police bureau responded to the DOJ findings by announcing it will reinstate the Crisis Intervention Team — a dedicated team of officers specially trained to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
A homeless man was shot to death by a Portland Police officer on Monday afternoon. Now the details are starting to come out and the community is reacting to what is now the second shooting by Portland Police this year. Here's what we know right now: Portland Police were called when a transient man was harassing and threatening people at Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park. When the officer arrived the man came out of the bathroom with a significant amount of blood on him and with self-inflicted cuts on his neck. The state medical examiner says this suggests he may have been trying to kill himself. He came out of the bathroom holding a knife, which Chief Rosie Sizer described at a press conference as a razor-like knife similar to an X-Acto knife with a six-inch handle. Sizer said that the police officer, Jason Walters, retreated and asked him to drop the knife. And she said that when the man continued to advance, and didn't drop the knife, Walters shot him four times. The man bled to death at the scene. [Note: this paragraph has been edited to reflect this comment by Jrenaud.]
We'll talk with Portland police chief Mike Reese and union president Daryl Turner about the issues that arise when considering whether to require body cameras for officers.
Results for OPB
The team that trains Portland's 900 police officers has been under scrutiny since the Department of Justice found a pattern of excessive force against the mentally ill. A new audit suggests the training division isn’t repeating key lessons often enough.
A Tuesday protest by Don’t Shoot PDX outside the Portland Police Association’s headquarters turned into a conversation.