March 23rd, 2010 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Chief Rosie Sizer on The Latest Police Shooting

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Police Chief Rosie Sizer just got done with a news conference to take questions about yesterday's fatal shooting at Hoyt Arboretum of a man by a police officer - the second fatal shooting this year by a Portland cop.

Sizer left a lot of questions unanswered in this most recent shooting, including the man's identity, how close the officer was to the man when he shot him or how many shots were fired.

The chief did say the shooting by Officer Jason Walters, a 13-year veteran, came when the suspect emerged from a bathroom with an Exacto-type razor knife that had a six-inch handle. She said the suspect's neck, hands and face were covered in blood. The suspect was the only person in the bathroom at the time, and authorities believe the blood was his own.

Sizer says the officer warned the suspect repeatedly to drop the razor, but the man refused to do so. The case will go to a grand jury. And Sizer says the police will release all reports on the shooting.

Police critics will be sure to note that no Multnomah County grand jury has indicted an officer in a fatal shooting in recent memory.

And speaking of critics, Sizer also commented on a protest last night in response to the shooting. The demonstration occurred outside the bureau's Traffic Division, the old Southeast Precinct.

"As a Portland police officer and a Portlander, I cherish our free speech rights," Sizer said. "But I'm disappointed with the way those rights were exercised last night."

She said there was some unspecified property damage, but no arrests or injuries reported.
 
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