City spends $350,000 to settle Jahar shooting case

James Jahar Perez

James Jahar Perez

From the Portland Tribune, September 4 2008

Portland’s City Council unanimously approved Wednesday morning one of the largest legal settlements in the city’s history, giving $350,000 to the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer in 2004.

James Jahar Perez Jr.’s family will use the settlement to fund an annuity for Perez’s son and payments to his elderly mother.

Perez was shot three times by Portland officer Jason Sery during a traffic stop in March 2004. An investigation cleared Sery of any wrongdoing in the shooting. He later resigned from the police bureau.

Perez’s family sued the city in U.S. District Court four years ago. Deputy City Attorney Jim Rice said the lawsuit led to an alternative dispute resolution resulting in the settlement adopted by the council.

EXTRA – Settlement approved in 2004 Portland Police shooting, Oregonian September 3 2008