Darris Johnson died from a heart attack in custody of Portland Police officers after he ran from a routine car stop. He was twenty-six years old.The Multnomah County District Attorney found no reason to indict the officers involved. Here is a letter describing the incident. .
Johnson’s urine drug screen was positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. He was on parole and assigned to the mentally ill offenders case load of the Multnomah County, and had a warrant for his arrest for failure to engage in treatment.
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All persons who died as a result of police action in Portland since at least 2002 were impaired by mental illness, drugs or alcohol.