Questions On Delays In Case Of OR Officer Who Killed Man


The second police fatal shooting in two months in Portland, Or., has led to renewed questions about the time it takes detectives to interview officers involved, and criticism of the time that passed before the Portland Police Bureau answered basic questions about the incident, reports The Oregonian. Officer Jason Walters responded on his own to a call about a drunken transient harassing people at an arboretum Monday afternoon and, three minutes later, shot the man four times.

Police say the man emerged from a restroom with blood on his face and advanced toward the officer with a razor-type blade. As of Tuesday night, more than 24 hours after the fatal shooting, the police bureau still had not scheduled a time to interview Walters. Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman called on the bureau to interview officers involved in shootings “quicker and sooner.” Nearly seven years ago, outside consultants from the Los Angeles-based Police Assessment Resource Center criticized the bureau for not conducting contemporaneous interviews with officers in shootings.

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