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After a 99-day hiatus, Portland Police started shooting again. On July 9, Raymond Youngberg, a 50-year-old described by friends as gentle, though psychologically troubled, was killed by officers in SE Portland. Police claim Youngberg ran out of his house, shooting at them, though friends doubt he owned a gun. The police cordoned off a multi-block area, brought their "mobile precinct" near the site, and pointed a weapon at the house to get Youngberg's housemates to come out. They then "found" a gun under Youngberg's body. The cops who fired were Michael Kemp (#8582) and Christian Barker (#28069). In a surprising editorial, the Oregonian noted that the main reason there wasn't a great public outcry was that Barker suffered a gunshot to the hand (July 11).

Two days later, Bruce Browne of Vancouver was apparently trying to prevent a shooting at a Northeast gas station when police arrived and shot him. Brown may have taken the gun away from the would-be perpetrator; details are trickling in at deadline. Fortunately, Browne survived, and the store's video surveillance camera shows officer Kenneth Duilio (#34491) probably shot the wrong man (KATU Channel 2, July 12).

Meanwhile, yet another suburban cop has shot another person whose heritage is probably not west European. Beaverton officers Richard Rayniak, Ty Hanlon and Scott Warren shot and killed Sengsadaphet Phongavanh, 29, who allegedly charged at them with a knife (Oregonian, July 4). Perhaps they were taking a page from the book of Lake Oswego police, who shot a Bosnian refugee carrying a knife earlier this year (see PPR #23). Regardless, the Beaverton Police's action may have "greased the wheels" for Portland cops to start shooting again, after they took heat for killing Mexican immigrant José Santos Mejía Poot in April (see article).

WE'RE #8
In other news, as part of a series on police shootings that ran July 1 -4, the Washington Post reported that of the 50 largest local law enforcement agencies, Portland has the 8th highest shootings-per-1000-officers rate. We're sure Mayor Katz wishes we were #1 in everything, but in this case, Prince Georges County, Maryland beat us out.

We are #4, though, in police shootings as compared to the murder rate here, but only #18 nationally in police shootings per 100,000 residents. Number 1 in those categories are San Jose, CA and Washington, DC, respectively.

  People's Police Report

August, 2001
Also in PPR #24

Police Shoot José Mejía In   Psychiatric Hospital
Police Go On Shooting Spree in   Early July
Review Board Overhauled
Profiling Proven by Statistics
May Day: Police Back Off
PIIAC's Last Stand: Old Review   Board Ends
Chief Kroeker, Repression & More
SERT Team Disbanded
Grand Jury Concerns
  • JTTF Own Worst Enemy
  • FBI Raids Activis Home
  • Dignity Village on Notice
  • Overtime Scandal Down 86%
  • Shooter Cop Gets Stress Pay
  • Chief Moose Supports Prostitution
  • Clackamas Sheriff Off Hook: Discrimination
  • Bend Cop Off Hook: Shooting
Quick Flashes
  • Sergeants Convicted in Beatings
  • Police Raid Three Homes
  • 3 Portland Beatings
  • PPB vs. Counterculture
  • County to Charge Inmates
  • Supreme Court: Thermal Image Unlawful
Washington County Sheriffs
  • Deputies Drop Knives
  • Tactical Team 'n' TNT
  • Pregnant Woman Escapes
  • Beavert on Cops Play Robbers
Letters to the PPR
Rapping Back #24

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