I think Heads are going to roll for this -
found this article this morning -
The murder of Kendra is going to be the straw that broke the camels back with the portland police - This is going to get really ugly for them. As it should.
Slaying brings police promise of investigation
Police Chief Mark Kroeker, in his first address to community members since an officer shot and killed Kendra Sarie James during a traffic stop Monday, pledged to do thorough criminal and internal affairs investigations.
"I want to make it very clear to everyone here that I'm not happy about what happened," Kroeker told about 40 people, mostly African Americans, ministers and community activists who crowded into Northeast Precinct on Friday afternoon.
Because there's no way to turn back time, Kroeker said he will push for "intense community dialogue" and "a revisiting of everything we do as an organization."
Many who attended voiced distrust of the process for investigating police shootings and called for greater citizen involvement. They predicted that the grand jurors who hear the case next week probably will rule the police shooting a "justifiable homicide" based on the bureau's investigation.
"It's always the same, same verdict -- justifiable," said Vesia Loving, a longtime North Portland resident.
Kroeker, two of his assistant chiefs and the detective division's commander gave the Portland Police Bureau's first overview of what occurred.
The police officials said they could not explain why Officer Scott McCollister, 27, used deadly force because he was being interviewed Friday by detectives for the first time.
The officials said McCollister fired one shot at James, striking her in the side as she tried to drive off from a traffic stop. She died of a chest wound.
Several people, including state Sen. Avel Gordly, D-Portland, said they were disturbed that it took four days before detectives interviewed McCollister. Others urged the chief not to give McCollister a medal some day for the shooting, alluding to the awards given to officers involved in the 2001 shooting of Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot.
Kroeker explained that the officer who shot James has a constitutional right to consult a lawyer before being questioned, and there was no intent to delay the inquiry.
Detective Division Cmdr. Jim Ferraris gave this account of the stop and shooting:
North Precinct Officer Rick Bean pulled over a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier at 2:40 a.m. Monday just east of North Interstate Avenue and Skidmore Street for failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
As Bean walked up to the car, two other officers were on their way to back him up. Ferraris said it was not unusual for three officers to respond to a traffic stop in the middle of the night involving a car holding three people.
"The car started to move" The driver, Terry Jackson, had no license. Bean took him into custody, placing him in the back of a patrol car.
Ferraris said as the officers "were preparing to deal with" the front passenger, Darnell White, James climbed from the car's back seat into the driver's seat and tried to drive off. James had a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance.
Bean, McCollister and Officer Kenneth Reynolds III were at the driver's side of the car, struggling with James. One of the officers walked around the front of the car to the passenger side, then walked back around the car's front to the driver's side, Ferraris said.
"The woman put the car into gear, started the car. The car started to move," Ferraris said, noting that the driver's door was open. "There were police officers engaged at the car with this woman, trying to get this woman into custody."
Reynolds fired a stun gun at James, but it failed because the electric probe went into her jacket but "apparently did not pierce her skin," Ferraris said.
As the car continued to move, McCollister fired one shot.
After Ferraris' account, the questions flew.
Were the officers in harm's way? asked one man. Joe Keller, a close friend of James' father, drew a diagram of the car on an easel and asked, "Since James was shot in the side, how could the officer who fired been in danger?"
Deadly force a last resort Ferraris said he could not say where the officers were standing when the gun was fired. He suggested some of the officers could have been standing against the car, by the open driver's door.
But others asked whether the officers could have stepped away from the moving car to avoid it instead of shooting the driver.
Kroeker said police policy is for officers to use deadly force as a last resort, and that if they can step away and avoid serious physical injury, they should.
One question was whether James was pregnant, as a family spokesman had said Thursday. Police didn't answer the question at the meeting.
However, Dr. Cliff Nelson, a deputy state medical examiner, said in an interview Friday that autopsy results showed no evidence of a pregnancy.
Woodrow Broadnax, of Juneteenth Association Northwest, argued that the bureau policy and state law are too broad and need to be changed. Officers can use deadly force "to protect themselves or others from what they reasonably believe to be an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury," the policy states.
A prayer vigil in James' memory is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday at the shooting site.
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