Police step up anti-gang patrols
"Cool Down" mission follows death of Shalamar Altae Edmond, 18
Following the early Monday shooting death of 18-year-old Shalamar Altae Edmond, Portland police are increasing anti-gang efforts for the next few days.
Edmond was killed near McCoy Park in North Portland shortly after midnight on May 16. Police now say the bureau's Gang Enforcement Team will be coordinating a "Cool Down" mission beginning Tuesday. In addition to regularly assigned GET officers, each police precinct will be contributing two officers for temporary duty on the mission. It will be a coordinated effort with Multnomah County Parole and Probation and Youth Gang Outreach.
According to police, the goal of the mission is to provide high visibility patrol to areas of the city that are known gang hotspots and to be responsive to active gang-related events. Edmond's killing was the fifth reported gang-related death this year.