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What Happened to Jackie Collins

Posted by CoffeeX3 on 25th March 2010

Jack Dale Collins, known to his friends as Jackie, was a late-stage alcoholic who also was known to cut himself on the arms and face. This cutting is sometimes a symptom of a mental illness, possible one of many, including trauma disorders, psychotic disorders, depression or personality disorders.

Jack lived in Portland for several years and was estranged from his family. When he died he was homeless and not receiving any services for his alcoholism or mental illness.

Timeline of Events

March 22 – Jack was shot and killed by Portland Police officer Jason Walters at Hoyt Arboretum.
March 24 – Jack identified by name to the media.

Media about what happened to Jackie Collins

Authorities Identify Man Shot By Portland Police Officer, OPB.org, March 24, 2010
Portland Police Report: Hoyt Shooting Justified, KXL.com March 25, 2010
Police leaders need to reassure city in times of crisis, not say nothing, opinion by Anna Griffin, The Oregonian, March 23, 2010
Portland police officer says shooting came after orders to drop knife, The Oregonian, March 25, 2010
Crowd gathers at SE Precinct to protest officer-involved shooting at Hoyt Arboretum, The Oregonian, March 22, 2010
Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight, Police Shooting in Hoyt Arboretum Sparks Anger, Questions, Portland Mercury, March 25, 2010
Anti-Police Protest Draws 50, Takes Over Burnside in March to Cop Shop, Portland Mercury, March 23, 2010
Police Shoot Man at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Mercury, March 22, 2010
Man Dead in Hoyt Arboretum Shooting, Willamette Week, March 22, 2010
Investigators interview Portland police officer involved in fatal shooting, Oregonian, March 24, 2010
Anti-police protesters march through Southeast Portland, as officers trail behind them, Oregonian, March 24, 2010
Authorities ID man shot by police, Oregonian, March 24, 2010
Transient shot by Portland police bled to death after bullet strikes a major artery, medical examiner says, Oregonian, March 23, 2010
Second fatal Portland police shooting renews question of why it takes so long to interview officer involved, Oregonian, March 23, 2010
One dead in officer-involved shooting at Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum, Oregonian, March 22, 2010
What is a Razor Knife, Anyway?, Portland Mercury, March 25, 2010
Portland police officer says shooting came after orders to drop knife, Oregonian, March 25, 2010
Police release new details in Hoyt Arboretum shooting, KATU.com, March 15, 2010
In Which I Try to Cover a Police Protest and Get Kicked out of a Public Park, Willamette Week, March 23, 2010
Albina Ministerial Alliance Condemns Delay In Interviewing Portland Officer in Fatal Shooting, OPB.com, March 25, 2010
Police statement on Collins shooting, KGW.com, March 25, 2010
Should Portland Police release more information after a shooting, or wait for the investigation?, KGW.com, March 23, 2010
Police: Protester Used Bike To Assault Officer, KPTV.com, March 24, 2010
Street Roots weighs in on latest police shooting, Street Roots, March 25, 2010
Group wants feds to investigate Portland police, AP.com, March 25, 2010
A Cop Shooting by Any Other Name, Portland Mercury, March 23, 2010
Lawyer: Portland officer talks with detectives, AP.com, March 25, 2010
Investigators interview Portland police officer involved in fatal shooting, Oregonian, March 25, 2010
Portland man arrested for police assault at shooting protest, KGW.com, March 24, 2010
Police say reforms may go nowhere, Portland Tribune, March 25, 2010

Additional Documents

Multnomah County’s Deadly Force Plan
Updated Information on Hoyt Arboretum Officer-involved Shooting, Portland Police Bureau press release, March 25, 2010 (PDF)
Poster for March 29 rally “Now we stand up and fight back” (PDF)
Poster for March 29 rally, FRONT & BACK (JPGs)
Poster against Christopher Humphreys – Portland police officer
Poster against Jason Walters – Portland police officer
Radio transcript of shooting of Jack Collins, Portland Police Bureau

Comments from Portland Police Association president Scott Westerman.

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What Happened at the Hoyt Arboretum

Posted by CoffeeX3 on 23rd March 2010

Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum

It may be months or years, if ever, before we learn what happened at the Hoyt Arboretum on March 22, 2010.

Remember – the key witness is Jason Walters, a veteran police officer, but also the shooter and therefore an extremely biased witness to a potential crime.

And remember – many of the reported facts about what happened to James Chasse and to Aaron Campbell turned out to be false.

What we can piece together from news reports and some witnesses is the following.

Jason Walters and perhaps a partner officer were called to the Hoyt Arboretum office on the afternoon of March 22. Someone complained about a middle-aged white male who was drunk.

Soon after 3 PM Jason Walters shot this man four times with our bullets. One of the bullets tore through a vital conduit and the man bleed to death at the scene.

Was crime being committed? Perhaps trespassing. Was the dead man threatening someone? No indication of a threat is described by anyone but Jason Walters through his impulsive spokesman, police union president Scott Westerman. Was the dead man wanted for crime elsewhere? We don’t know – no name has been released. (James Chasse’s name was in the media within 48 hours. Aaron Campbell’s name was revealed first in the Oregonian within 22 hours.)

The police have proven ineffective at policing themselves. The politicians sit on their hands. The oversight process is toothless. The reform process is stifled.

So what can you do?

1. Stop calling the police unnecessarily. Unless there is obvious threat to life or limb there are other solutions.
2. Be an advocate for public housing and mental health + addiction treatment. This means working with others to apply direct pressure on politicians, at the city, county and state, to fund services.
3. Public administration by litigation is stupid. Encourage stupid people to remove themselves from public policy discussions.
4. No justice no peace. That’s not a mindless chant, it’s a formula which protects our vital social contract.

Over time we’ll know more about what happened at the Hoyt Arboretum. But not today. Be safe out there.

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