Portland chief calls number of police shootings ‘unacceptable’
Portland, OR (AP) — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says his city’s recent spate of shootings involving officers is unacceptable.
The Oregonian reports Portland saw six officer-involved shootings in 2010. Four of those ended with fatalities. There were two officer-involved shootings in the first two days of the new year.
Reese and Mayor Sam Adams talked to reporters Jan. 3 about the shootings.
The chief says he’s asked the police training division for a complete study of what other tools exist in law enforcement that would help officers avoid use of deadly force in their interactions with armed people suffering from mental illness. He’s also asking the bureau to study the shootings of the last year to determine if any changes to bureau protocols or tactics are needed.
In several recent shootings, the chief says officers developed good plans that didn’t work.
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