1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
April 24, 2002 00:00
Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker stated today “this is the second time, this year, Portland Police Officers were forced to use deadly force against an individual committing a violent act while under the influence of controlled substances. Drug abuse can cause mental instability and violent mood swings. Widespread use of controlled substances and drug overdoses continue have a destructive impact on our community, but the problem of drugs, and the devastation they cause, can not be solved by the police alone.”
The death of Beck marks the first time the Portland Police Bureau used an AR-15 in a deadly force incident. The Records Division will respond to public records requests for the police reports associated with this investigation within the next few days. The Bureau of Emergency Communication is responsible for 9-1-1 tapes produced on April 14, 2002.
Questions about the Grand Jury process should be directed to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.
Sgt. Pete Simpson