A video of a black anti-police protester (who wouldn’t have looked out of place in a newsreel about the Cultural Revolution; I’m not sure he wasn’t deliberately adopting a Mao aesthetic) directing traffic in downtown Portland (as a Portland motorcycle cop watches from down the street) gives the impression the municipal government has been overthrown and a people’s republic declared. It hasn’t; cue obligatory joke about how you wouldn’t be able to tell.
Like the bizarre middle-aged white man shouting anti-white epithets with a stranger-to-reason demeanor, protesters trying to take over the streets is par for the course here. Protesters have blocked traffic, City Hall and the Justice Center (the “Injustice Center”), a light rail train and of course an ICE office with tacit approval from the city, when Portland police refused to respond to the office’s 911 calls for help and let the siege go on for a couple of months before shutting down the mini-shantytown that had been allowed to develop.
Last Saturday’s street-blocking rally was the second protesting the fatal shooting of a black male.
Demonstrators blocked a section of a downtown Portland street for hours Monday where a 27-year-old man was fatally shot by police, calling for answers on why officers killed him.
About 150 people gathered near Southwest 4th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street for a vigil in memory of Patrick Kimmons. Yellow caution tape that ran from a public parking lot to a strip club blocked the street from traffic. A memorial with signs, pictures of Kimmons and candles lined the sidewalk just outside the parking lot.
A grand jury declined to indict the officers. The recent shooting appears to be gang-related
Central Precinct Sgt. Garry Britt and Officer Jeffrey Livingston were patrolling the downtown area early Sunday when a shooting occurred near Southwest Third Avenue and Harvey Milk Street (formerly Stark) and injured two people.
This is where the strip clubs are.
Britt and Livingston at some point encountered Kimmons and fired at him. He later died at a hospital, police said. One gun was found near Kimmons and other guns were found by police in the area, according to police. Two other men suffering from gunshot wounds were taken to a hospital in private vehicles and are expected to survive.
Kimmons was spotted by rival gangbangers and exchanged gunfire with them, allegedly.
Investigators found five guns at the scene of the shooting, including some discovered in or around cars searched in the lot. It’s not clear who owned the guns.
A witness described the shooting differently than police sources.
Ayan Aden said she was stopped early Sunday in a public parking lot near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Harvey Milk Street with her boyfriend when she heard yelling. Aden said she and her boyfriend saw Kimmons run from Fourth Avenue through the parking lot, drop a gun near the car she was in and keep running.
Aden said she heard who she thought were officers yell “stop,” twice and then open fire immediately after. She said her boyfriend told her to duck down once the gunfire began. Two bullets hit the passenger side of the car, but neither of them were hit.
Aden said she and her boyfriend were ordered to remain in the car by police for several hours and were questioned if they knew Kimmons because the gun was near their car. She said they didn’t know him. She said she also didn’t know how many shots were fired.
“The shooting was excessive,” said Aden, 18, at the vigil. “He was clearly running away and threw the gun away.”
The fleeing felon rule allowing this was limited in scope in 1985 but still appears to stand in extreme cases:
A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead…however…Where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others, it is not constitutionally unreasonable to prevent escape by using deadly force.