Statement from the family of Robert Delgado

We are still grieving the loss of Robert, whom we loved very much. We are disappointed in the grand jury’s decision, but not surprised, and will review the facts carefully in the weeks to come. While we hope that the investigation was thorough, it is impossible to trust the system as it exists now when the Portland Police Bureau is tasked with investigating itself. Therefore the family will engage in its own investigation before determining its next steps.

“We need to know the details of this investigation before deciding what to do,” said Tina Delgado, Robert’s sister. “We simply cannot trust the results of an investigation that is flawed from the start.”

While we don’t know exactly what happened here, we do know that the mental health system is broken and needs to be fixed. We know that an unarmed man in crisis was shot and killed in a Portland park. We know that it’s not the first time, and until we fix this system, we know that it will not be the last time.

“We do not want any other family to go through what we have gone through,” said Skyler Delgado, Robert’s son. “If Portland had a functional mental health system, my father would be alive today.”

September 24, 2021


Jesse Merrithew
Levi Merrithew Horst PC
610 SW Alder Street, Suite 415
Portland Oregon 97205