Some students from Portland State University held a rally and march Sunday to protest officers who shot and killed a man near campus.
PSU officials said campus police officers Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey are on paid leave after at least one of them opened fire Friday morning.
Video shared with FOX 12 shows a group of men yelling at each other near Southwest Sixth and College Street. In the video, one person appears to have a gun holstered on their hip. He is then seen falling to the ground in a scuffle.
That's when police say officers opened fire, killing a man.
Police have not confirmed who in the video is involved in the shooting. They also have not officially identified the man who was killed.
However, family members identified him as Jason Washington.
PSU's armed police force has been controversial ever since the university board voted to arm officers in 2014. At the time, PSU officials said the officers needed weapons in case of a campus shooting.
The PSU Student Union said Sunday is the third anniversary of that decision and it’s sparked several protests since then.
“We would like them to disarm the campus security and de-deputize them and to look at broader ways of community safety,” said a student at Sunday’s event.
Students marched from Pioneer Courthouse Square to the PSU’s Campus Public Safety Office to protest the shooting.
Portland State University released a statement Sunday which read in part: "Portland State University supports the right of individuals and groups to organize and participate in peaceful protests. PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi said Friday that he recognizes there are questions and concerns about the fatal officer-involved shooting, and the university is fully cooperating with the Portland Police Bureau's investigation.
In addition, President Shoureshi has requested the Campus Public Safety Chief to conduct a thorough internal assessment and evaluation of the incident as well as our policies and procedures."Meanwhile, a small memorial of written messages for Washington is growing near the area where the shooting happened.
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