April 5th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Lillian Hogan News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts, Politics

Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Mourns Loss of Jordan Case

A group of around 60 people gathered for a candelight vigil Friday evening to mourn the loss of Jordan Case, a 20-year-old Reynolds High School graduate who was shot to death in 2006 in Tualatin by a Washington County sheriff's deputy while tripping on mushrooms.
The event was held at 7 pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza on 3rd and Madison Street.
Click here to read Willamette Week's full report on the incident.
The family filed a federal lawsuit April 3.
Before the vigil, Jordan's mother, Jill Griffith, told WWire that her son was not a threat to the police the night he was killed by Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Howard in October 2006. She pointed out that the gun police claimed he reached for was secured in a police car.
"I couldn't imagine him reaching for a gun," she said. "He would never shoot anyone."
As for the police claiming it seemed like Case had "superhuman strength," Griffith said her son was an athlete. "He jumped hurdles—he was a cross-county runner."
Jordan's sister, Shannon Case, moderated the gathering of family and friends in Portland's gray dreary rain to both celebrate Case's life and call attention to his wrongful death.
Those in attendance wore pins of support with a picture of Jordan and ribbons his sister says she picked out because the colors represent victims' rights and peace.
Speeches included tearful accounts from Case's father, mother, sister, grandfather, stepmother and family friends.
All called for better-trained law enforcement and remembered Jordan's kindness and brilliance.
Stepmom Debbie Case says everyday she has to look back and ask why three police officers chose to "attack Jordan rather than use their hands and cuff him."
Laird Case, Jordan's father and a deputy fire marshal, said "the public safety system failed."
The emotion in the plaza permeated with sincere love for Jordan.
His sister, Shannon, told the crowd, "October 24 was a day part of my soul died ... I was robbed of the person who I was supposed to walk through life with. I was supposed to die before him."
Shannon ended with an urge for accountable law enforcement: "Police officers should think before they act."

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