A week after a man was fatally shot by campus police near Portland State University, his family is calling for the immediate firing of the officers involved.Jason Washington, 45, was killed on the morning of June 29 following a bar fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise on SW College St. between SW 6th Ave. and SW Broadway.
Witnesses have said Washington, while armed with a holstered pistol, tried to break up the fight but was shot after his gun fell off of his hip and he tried to pick it up.Cell phone video obtained by FOX 12 appears to confirm a majority of the witness accounts. However, in the moments just before shots are heard being fired, the camera is pointed away from Washington.In a second cell phone video, taken from a distance across the street, officers are heard repeatedly yelling “drop the gun” before firing multiple rounds. Washington died from the gunshot wounds, a medical examiner confirmed.
Following Washington’s death, his brother, Andre, said he was “disgusted” with the PSU officers involved and argued the shooting was unjustified.At a press conference Friday, organized with the NAACP Portland, Andre Washington said his family had a number of demands regarding his only sibling’s death and claimed the involved PSU officers did not follow protocol.“Today, we are standing here before you to demand that the officers, Dewey and McKenzie, be removed from paid administrative leave and fired from Portland State University’s Police Department,” Andre Washington said. “We are demanding that Portland State University disarm its officers immediately and retrain all officers to deal with conflict without the use of weapons. We are demanding the City of Portland, the District Attorney’s Office, the Portland Police Bureau and Portland State University come forward and be transparent, diligent and forthright in the investigation of the tragedy that took the life of Jason Washington.”
Following the shooting, Portland State University announced the officers involved, Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey, were being placed on paid administrative leave per protocol.In a previously released statement, PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi also said the university would seek an independent, external review of the department’s policies and procedures.Since the shooting, students at the campus have protested the arming of campus police officers. Sworn officers at PSU have been armed since a vote by the university’s board in 2015.Jason Washington, who was a 4-year Navy veteran and 21-year mail carrier according to his family, had a valid concealed carry permit when he was shot, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to FOX 12.A candlelight vigil in Washington’s memory has been scheduled for Friday night at 8:30 p.m., his family said.At the press conference with reporters, his brother told reporters “the community knows Jason Washington”, describing him as a family man and coach who left behind a wife and multiple children.“And perhaps the most ironic of all, Jason Washington supported the police,” Andre Washington said. “Think about that.”
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