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Police should not assume every encounter with a person in distress will end in violence, says report

The OIR Group’s conclusion that police should not act as automatic suicide dispensers is exactly what the Mental Health Association of Portland has been saying for years (see, for example, our op-ed on the killing of Brad Morgan – the … Continue reading

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Grand jury finds no police negligence in Brad Morgan’s 2012 death

KOIN.com, March 6, 2015 A jury has ruled that two Portland police officers did not act negligently before fatally shooting a suicidal man atop a downtown parking garage in January 2012. The Oregonian reports jurors deliberated for nearly three hours … Continue reading

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Salem officer justified in killing Michael Conley, whose death by cop was ruled “suicide”

Statesman Journal, May 20, 2014 A Salem police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man armed with a knife last month, according to a Marion County grand jury’s findings, which were announced Monday afternoon. READ – Links to … Continue reading

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David Sarasohn: Tragedy on Portland parking structure ‘a failure on multiple levels’

By David Sarasohn, The Oregonian, March 8, 2013 In the most recent fatal shooting by Portland police, of an attacker who reportedly fired a shotgun at two policemen on a parking structure roof, two uncontrolled streams run together. The death … Continue reading

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Grand jury clears cops in shooting of Merle Hatch

From the Portland Mercury, March 6, 2013 A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing in the February 17 police shooting of Merle Mikal Hatch, a patient killed outside Portland Adventist Medical Center after goading and taunting officers … Continue reading

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What Happened to Santiago Cisneros III

By the Associated Press, on King5.com Seattle, March 6, 2013 A man fatally wounded by Portland police after they say he fired at them was an Iraq war veteran who had talked about the challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder. Santiago … Continue reading

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Yep. Portland Cops Shot an Unarmed (and obviously drunk) Man

From the Portland Mercury, February 27, 2013 Merle Mikal Hatch was holding a busted, stolen black telephone handset—eight inches long and two inches wide—when he ran at a pack of Portland cops he’d been swearing at and goading from 80 … Continue reading

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Bloomberg survey: Throughout U.S., 64 people with mental illness were killed by police in 2012

By Tom Moroney and Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Dec. 27, 2012 Hit squads from the Mexican mafia. Gangs of painkiller-thieving youths. The government. They were coming, always coming. From around the corner or down the street, he couldn’t know where. … Continue reading

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