After three days of testimony, a Multnomah County grand jury has determined that a Portland police officer’s use of force was justified when he killed a man who appeared to be armed and experiencing a mental health crisis.
A familiar sight returned to downtown Portland this past weekend: armed far-right groups engaged in violent clashes with counterprotesters. The violence happened during two separate religious events, and brought out a number of familiar faces at protests, including a Southwest Washington man who has been federally charged for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and a man previously convicted of assault at demonstrations.
The Portland Police Bureau identified the victim in Thursday’s police shooting as 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend. Portland police officer Curtis Brown shot and killed Townsend in the parking lot of a Motel 6 during a welfare check.
Seventeen hours after Portland police were dispatched to a Lloyd District Motel 6 where an officer shot and killed a man, almost nothing is known about the circumstances leading up to the killing — even for people who sit on the Portland City Council.
The technology police use to search cellphones is part of a rapidly changing legal environment – an area where the Portland Police Bureau is precariously on the edge of what’s permissible in modern policing.
The president of the Portland Police Association, the union representing rank and file officers, unexpectedly resigned Tuesday citing “a serious, isolated mistake related to the Police Bureau’s investigation into the alleged hit-and-run by Commissioner (Jo Ann) Hardesty.”
Responding to a sharp increase in shootings and homicides that began in 2019 and accelerated in the second half of 2020, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday he will ask the City Council for $2 million in one-time funds for gun-violence prevention programs.