1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
June 26, 2003 00:00
"Following the conclusion of the Grand Jury reviewing the officer involved death of Kendra James that occurred on May 5, 2003, the Portland Police Bureau began the internal administrative review process that is standard procedure following any police-involved shooting. The internal review involved members of the Police Bureau, City Attorney's Office and the Independent Police Review Division. The review included a comprehensive weighing of the involved officer's actions against the Police Bureau's Manual of Policy and Procedure and the Bureau's training protocols.
The recommendations from the internal review then came to me for a decision. In making decisions of this nature, I must carefully weigh what is best for the community we serve, the Portland Police Bureau and the officer involved. I must then do what I believe is right.
After lengthy and thoughtful consideration, I concluded that while the use of force itself was within established Bureau guidelines, the officer's actions leading up to the use of force are of concern. I have forwarded to the Mayor a proposal for serious discipline, which includes a lengthy suspension for the primary officer involved. The officer has been notified, and I have shared this decision with the entire organization. During the next step in the process, the affected employee will have an opportunity to provide me with any information he would like me to consider prior to the imposition of the decision. Contractual obligations prohibit me from identifying further details at this time.
As always, I am committed to a full disclosure of all information, but at the same time, I am responsible for protecting the due process rights of the officer affected by this decision. For that reason, I must refrain from answering any questions or participating in any interviews."
Sgt. Pete Simpson