5 of 11 shootings by police involved nonwhite suspects
- Jennifer Anderson
- Portland Tribune - News
Portland police records show that officers have shot at 11 people since January 2001. Four people died in those shootings. Four of the 11 people shot, or 36 percent, were black; one was Hispanic.
Together, people of color make up 45 percent of the total. Multnomah County grand juries heard evidence in nearly all of the cases, and officers were cleared in each case.
The shootings included:
1. Byron Clay Hammick Jr., 26, black, shot and killed at a Motel 6 while assaulting a 3-year-old boy, Feb. 22, 2002.
2. Richard Lochmer, 46, white, U.S. Postal Service employee, shot at but unharmed after police pulled him over because they thought his car was stolen, Feb. 21, 2002.
3. Daniel Cromb, 23, white, shot in the back and killed by reserve officers during escape after robbing a pancake house; pointed pellet gun at officers, Dec. 9, 2001.
4. Randolph Marion Martin, 41, white, shot in hand during shoplifting arrest, Dec. 8, 2001.
5. Tyrone Waters, 35, black, state Sen. Avel Gordly's son, shot at and missed and then hit by beanbag rounds on Sept. 17, 2001.
6. Bruce Browne, 40, black, shot and wounded by mistake after taking gun away from assailant at gas station, July 11, 2001.
7. Raymond Leonard Youngberg Jr., 50, white, mentally ill, shot and killed after pulling gun on police after woman complained he touched her, July 9, 2001.
8. Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot, 29, Mexican, epileptic, shot and killed after officers say he threatened them with a metal rod in a Sellwood psychiatric hospital, April 1, 2001.
9. David Gildersleeve, 34, white, shot in leg after police say he exited a vehicle with a handgun after a carjacking chase, Feb. 23, 2001.
10. James Farmer, 34, white, shot and wounded because officers thought that he reached for a gun during a traffic stop, Feb. 15, 2001.
11. Dwayne Tyrone McClinton, 23, black, shot and wounded while trying to escape after robbing the Clinton Street Pub, Jan. 12, 2001.
Ñ Jennifer Anderson