Man held on riot charge after police shooting protest
A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening during a rally and march to protest the Feb. 9 shooting of a 17-year-old African-American man who was a suspect in an early morning armed robbery.
Portland police said Zachary P. Lange was held on a charge of riot after a confrontation with a motorist on Southwest Third Avenue. Lange was arrested as the protest march came to an end. He will be arraigned Friday, Feb. 17.
The Portland Student Action Network planned the rally and march to "demand justice for Quanice Hayes," the 17-year-old shot and killed Feb. 9 in a Northeast Portland neighborhood. Hayes matched the description of a suspect in an armed robbery near a Southeast 82nd Avenue motel.
Police said East Precinct Officer Andrew Hearst shot Hayes three times during a search for the robbery suspect in the 8300 block of Northeast Hancock Street. Police said Hayes was holding a replica gun at the time of the shooting.
The rally began at about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the South Park Blocks near Portland State University. The Student Action Network called the shooting an act of "an oppressive police force." The group called for "an unbiased investigation, a fair trial prosecuting the officers involved and overall transparency during this process."
On Feb. 10, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Mike Marshman appealed for patience as investigators probed the shooting.
Police said there were reports of minor vandalism and "heated interactions with drivers unable to move in the roadway."