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Justice for Keaton Otis community information

On May 12, 2010 Keaton Otis was pulled over by Portland's "Hotspot Enforcement Action Team" (HEAT) for looking like a gang member and driving a nice car (his mother's Toyota). Officers punched him in the face and hit him with a Taser three times; one officer was hit by a bullet they say came from a gun Otis pulled from the glove compartment. A hail of 32 bullets was fired at Keaton, hitting him 23 times and killing him.

For more information check the Justice for Keaton Otis Facebook Page

Fourth Annual Memorial for Keaton Otis
WHEN: MON., May. 12th // 06:00 PM
WHERE: Allen Temple CME Church, 4236 NE 8th Ave.

May 12, 2014 marks four years that Keaton Otis, a young black man, was killed by Portland police officers after they stopped him for "looking like a gangster." Please join friends and family to remember the life of Keaton, his father Fred Bryant, and to call for justice in this case and all cases of police violence.

Also see the Facebook page for the 4th anniversary memorial

Otis' Father Denied Right to Appeal "No Misconduct" Findings"

In February 2012, Fred Bryant, father of Keaton Otis, filed a request to appeal the Police Review Board's findings that officers had acted within policy when they shot his son.
Read the request letter from attorney Shauna Curphey.

In September 2012, Independent Police Review Division (IPR) Director Mary-Beth Baptista denied that Bryant had the right to such an appeal, despite her having created new rules for IPR that allow any civilian involved in an incident with police to appeal his/her case regardless of whether he/she filed a complaint.
Read the IPR's letter denying the right to appeal a shooting case.

In October 2012, Ms. Curphey responded to IPR, reiterating that Bryant should have a right to appeal the findings to the Citizen Review Committee (CRC).
Read attorney Curphey's response to IPR.

So far, the IPR and CRC have not discussed this publicly or responded to Curphey or Bryant.

Two Year Memorial for Keaton Otis Public Event
Saturday, May 12, 2012 -  2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
The Miracles Club
4200 NE Martin Luther King Jr Bv, Portland

Come to the two year memorial, planned by Keaton's father Fred Bryant, to remember and honor Keaton Otis's life.

On May 12, 2010, Portland police stopped, shot and killed 25-year-old Keaton. The initial reason he was stopped was for "looking like a gangster."

This event is a day to bring the community together, to mourn Keaton's loss and to remember him, and others who have been lost to violence.

Please invite others, and help spread the word.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/314 721765253611/

EVENT: Thursday, May 12, 2011 6:00 PM

A Celebration of Life: Keaton Otis, Jan. 4 1985-May 12, 2010

Miracles Club, 4069 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland

For more information check the Justice for Keaton Otis Facebook Page

We will try to keep you posted on upcoming community events.

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Four year memorial 2014
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Two year memorial 2012
Celebration of life 2011

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Posted April 21, 2011, last updated May 6, 2014

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