Kendra James Anniversary Comes Quietly;
Officers Cleared by Bureau

[Kendra James memorial] Amidst media and public frenzy following the death of James Jahar Perez on March 28, attention turned away from last year's shooting of 21-year-old Kendra James at a traffic stop in North Portland. On May 5, members of James' family and others held a quiet vigil on the Skidmore overpass and hung a banner listing names of many people who have died as a result of police violence. Within a few days, the banner was gone.

In early August, it was reported that officers Kenneth Reynolds, Rick Bean and Scott McCollister (who shot James) were cleared of wrongdoing after a long internal investigation. This included Reynolds' meeting with McCollister for dinner before they talked to investigators. The Bureau's finding of "Insufficient Evidence" was due to their inability to prove the officers discussed the case "extensively" (Oregonian, August 7). Six other actions, which were "Exonerated," included whether officers prevented medical help from attending to James. These rulings did not affect the 5-1/2 months McCollister was suspended for his actions leading up to the shooting last year (see PPR #31).


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