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Portland Police Bureau Officers Involved in Deadly Force Incidents, 1992-2019

The graphic below is a representation of 208 officers Portland Copwatch is aware of
who have used deadly force in Portland since 1992.
At least 116 are still on the force. *-1 These officers were involved in about 176 distinct incidents. *
(Shootings include people wounded and people not hit, incidents include deaths in custody.)

Computer devices enabled to display hover text will show data on each incident associated with each graphic symbol.

  • 1 out of every 8 police officers you encounter on the street has been involved in a deadly force incident.
  • 53% (or more) of 179 officers who have been involved in one deadly force incident are currently active on the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).
  • 73% of 26 officers who have been involved in two deadly force incidents are currently active on the PPB.
  • 100% of 3 officers who have been involved in three deadly force incidents are currently active on the PPB.

Officers Involved In One Deadly Force Incident

◉ denotes officer currently on PPB as of May 2019.
◯ denotes officer not currently on PPB as of May 2019.
▣ denotes officer name and/or status is unknown as of December 2019.

  • At least 94 of 179 (53%) of officers who have been involved in one deadly force incident are currently active on the Portland Police Bureau.


















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Officers Involved In Two Deadly Force Incidents

◉ denotes officer currently on PPB as of May 2019.
◯ denotes officer not currently on PPB as of May 2019.

  • 19 of 26 (73%) of officers who have been involved in two deadly force incidents are currently active on the PPB.*-2



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Officers Involved In Three Deadly Force Incidents

◉ denotes officer currently on PPB as of May 2019.
◯ denotes officer not currently on PPB as of May 2019.

  • 3 of 3 (100%) of officers who have been involved in three deadly force incidents
    (Officers Darrell Shaw, Russ Corno and Leo Besner) are currently active on the PPB.

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Deaths: Including people who were killed by gunfire (67), deaths in custody by various means including one who was hit with a Taser (7), people who allegedly killed themselves although hit by police bullets (7), one who supposedly died of smoke inhalation (1) and people who died in car crashes due to police chases (3) there are at least 85 people who died in 83 of the 176 incidents. (Two incidents resulted in the deaths of two people.)

Wounded: Roughly 77 people were injured by Portland Police use of deadly force.

Not hit: At least 16 of the people listed were shot at but not hit by Portland officers.

Pardoned: At least 6 of the officers were disciplined for their roles in these incidents and had their disicpline overturned by arbitrators: Douglas Erickson (shot/wounded Gerald Gratton in 1993), Scott McCollister (shot and killed Kendra James in 2003), Kyle Nice and Christopher Humphreys (caused James Chasse Jr's death in custody 2006), Lt. Jeffrey Kaer (shot and killed Dennis Young in 2006), and Ron Frashour (shot and killed Aaron Campbell in 2010). McCollister, Nice and Humphreys were given time off that was reversed; Erickson, Kaer and Frashour were fired but reinstated.

Not prosecuted: Not a single officer was prosecuted for any of these incidents. Officer Dane Reister was fired successfully after he shot and wounded William Monroe with live rounds loaded in a less-lethal shotgun in 2013. Reister was facing criminal charges when he took his own life in 2015.

Off duty: At least 4 of the shootings (including one fatal shooting) occured while officers were off duty.

Excluded: Portland Copwatch did not include officers who deployed less lethal weapons at deadly force incidents unless those weapons led to a death, so the overall total is actually higher.

Other exceptions include Sgt. Bret Burton, who was a Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy when he and two PPB officers caused the death of James Chasse, Jr. in 2006. Because PCW does not have details on whether other transfers were involved in deadly force before joining the PPB Burton is not represented in the graphic.

Note: This project was inspired by the Intercept's study of Chicago officers involved in shootings from August 2018.
In addition to their graphic, they also posted this article.

Footnotes:

*1- The December 2019 Police Review Board report revealed that Officer Alfonso Valadez resigned before being fired for his role in the death of Christopher Cannard in a car chase, bringing the current officer list down by one.

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*2- Officer Larry Wingfield used a (supposedly banned) choke hold on Jonathan Harris on August 31, 2018. Harris was not injured, but the incident was reviewed as a use of deadly force meaning Wingfield could be seen as involved in three incidents.

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Officers involved in three deadly force incidents
 


Portland Copwatch
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Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065/ Incident Report Line (503) 321-5120
e-mail: copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org

Portland Copwatch is a grassroots, volunteer organization promoting police accountability through citizen action.


Sources include: Police Assessment Resource Center, OIR Group, Portland Police Bureau and various media outlets.

*-Information posted December 12, 2019, last updated January 9, 2020

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