1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
June 28, 2005 00:00
“People look to jury verdicts as a win or lose situation. But in this case, there are no winners. This was a situation that resulted in a person’s death, caused division within the community and pain for all involved.
“There have been many changes in the Police Bureau over the last couple of years. With a great amount of community involvement, we have restored the 40-hour officer in-service training and made changes to policies and procedures regarding officer-involved shootings.
“I understand that there are heightened emotions in the community, but I ask people to channel their frustration and energy into peaceful actions. I ask that they come together with police to help us with our community policing efforts and in the process, build strong, lasting relationships.
“The men and women of the Portland Police Bureau are committed to protecting the citizens of Portland. It is my hope that we can all work together to strengthen the police/community relationship and focus on look for ways to reduce crime and improve neighborhood livability.”
Sgt. Pete Simpson