Portland Police use deadly force often against mentally ill


Oregonian. Sept 14:

Portland Police used deadly force, often against mentally ill, in 13 cases since 2008

The report by the U.S. Department of Justice notes the Portland Police Bureau used deadly force in 12 incidents in the last three years, with 10 of the cases involving people affected by mental illness. The report didn’t specify which cases investigators were referencing, but here’s a list of officer-involved shootings since May 2008 compiled by The Oregonian:

May 13, 2008: Police fatally shot Jason Spoor at a Northeast Glisan Street house after a confrontation with officers. He was suspected in the murder of another man.

Jan. 9, 2010: Police fatally shot Aaron Campbell in the back in a Northeast Portland parking lot after responding to a report that he was suicidal. Although a grand jury cleared Officer Ron Frashour of wrongdoing in the shooting, it sent a letter citing grave concerns about the lack of communication and other failings which the jury said contributed to the shooting.

March 22, 2010: Police fatally shot Jack Dale Collins, a homeless man, when he came out of a restroom at Hoyt Arboretum holding an Xacto knife, walked toward an officer and refused to drop the knife. He had sought mental health help just 11 days earlier.

May 12, 2010: Police fatally shot Keaton Dupree Otis, who struggled with mental health issues, after Otis shot Officer Christopher Burley once in each leg during a traffic stop.

Nov. 23, 2010: Craig Boehler died of smoke inhalation after he fired on police responding to a domestic disturbance call. An autopsy found he had been shot three times by police and once by his stepfather, but none were fatal.

Dec. 17, 2010: Police fatally shot Darryel Dwayne Ferguson at a Southeast Portland apartment building after officers responded to a report of threats between two neighbors. Ferguson was believed to be armed. Shortly after officers arrived, they fired on Ferguson when he pointed a gun — which turned out to be a Colt Defender air pistol — at them.

Dec. 27, 2010: Police shot and wounded Marcus Lagozzino after he came at officers wielding a machete. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and no contest to menacing. He later entered a mental health court program.

Jan. 2, 2011: Police fatally shot Thomas Higginbotham, a homeless Army veteran, when he emerged from a vacant Southeast Portland car wash holding a knife. One police officer fired a Taser, then both officers fired their weapons after Higginbotham continued to approach.

March 6, 2011: Police shot at Ralph Clyde Turner, but didn’t hit him after Turner fired on them and critically wounded one officer. Turner’s girlfriend had reported that he was suicidal. Turner also injured another officer. He eventually surrendered to police.

June 30, 2011: A police officer wounded William Kyle Monroe after he mistakenly fired five live shotgun rounds — instead of beanbag rounds — at Monroe for failing to follow police orders.

Jan. 25, 2012: Police fatally shot Brad Lee Morgan on top of a downtown parking garage. He had pointed a fake gun at officers who were responding to a report of a suicidal man.

March 26, 2012: Police shot and wounded Jonah Aaron Potter, a suspect in a convenience store robbery, when he exited a car carrying what appeared to be a large black handgun. Potter’s weapon turned out to be a Daisy air pistol.

July 28, 2012: Police fatally shot Billy Wayne Simms after he ignored commands to stop and tried to drive away from a convenience store. The officer testified he believed that Simms was reaching for a gun.

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