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Crisis training can change the way officers respond to persons with mental illness

The New York Times, April 25, 2016 The 911 caller had reported a man with a samurai sword, lunging at people on the waterfront. It was evening, and when the police arrived, they saw the man pacing the beach and … Continue reading

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Michael Johnson told Good Sam hospital to summon police before he was fatally shot by them, grand jury transcripts show

From The Oregonian, January 12, 2016 Michael Johnson ran into Good Samaritan Medical Center early on Nov. 6, telling security to call 911 because an armed man was outside. Johnson, 51, who had bipolar disorder, essentially had orchestrated a Portland … Continue reading

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Our opinion: Police accountability must start with new union contract

By Jenny Westberg and Jason Renaud, in Street Roots, Jan. 7, 2016 Former Mayor Sam Adams wanted Ron Frashour fired. So did the current mayor, Charlie Hales. So did former Chief of Police Michael Reese. So did the city attorney. … Continue reading

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After 3 police shootings in a year, Jackson County seeks ways to assist people in crisis

 Mail Tribune, June 7, 2015 After Medford’s third police shooting in a year renewed discussion of a mental health crisis in the community, Jackson County health officials say the prevalence of mental illness isn’t always depicted accurately — but they … Continue reading

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After high-profile incidents, PPB training starts strong – then falls off sharply

KATU.com, March 3, 2015 A newly released city audit shows the Portland Police Bureau has made great strides in some areas in regards to its use of force procedures, but it criticizes the bureau in the area of training. The … Continue reading

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No one keeps track of the number of persons killed by police. Someone had to

By Jason Renaud and Jenny Westberg, The Portland Mercury, Sept. 10, 2014 [Mercury] EDITOR’S NOTE: The following essay is a guest editorial co-written by two volunteers from the Mental Health Association of Portland—a respected local voice on mental health policy … Continue reading

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Video from the scene of Stephen McMilon’s shooting by police

Stephen McMilon was shot to death by Medford police, August 24, 2014. This DIY video starts with the words, “Cops are blasting somebody right now!”  But Stephen McMilon had already been shot; his body lies face-down behind the left rear … Continue reading

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What happened to Denorris McClendon

On Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, Denorris McClendon, 27, was shot and wounded by Officer Michael Honl (who was involved in another nonfatal shooting in 2005) after pointing a replica handgun at officers. McClendon had a mental health history, was in … Continue reading

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