When: Sunday, April 4th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Across from the Justice Center in downtown Portland
Background information from Cecil Charles Prescod:
On Sunday, March 28, James Perez was shot and killed by Portland Police Officer Jason Sery. The shooting occurred after police stopped Mr. Perez for failing to use a turn signal. Police estimate that the officer shot Mr. Perez three times in the chest in less than a minute after pulling him over. After the shooting, Officer Sery's partner, Officer Sean Macomber, fired two taser shots at Mr. Perez, who died at the scene. No weapon was found on his body or in his car.
This shooting is the second time in ten months that Portland Police have killed an unarmed African American person. Portland Mayor Vera Katz called for a public inquest into Sunday's shooting. Police Chief Derrick Foxworth asked the FBI to begin an independent civil rights investigation into the shooting.
A fair and balanced criminal justice system begins with law enforcement. The killing of unarmed people at minor traffic stops is an affront to justice. Please speak out on this issue:
Contact Mayor Vera Katz and Chief Derrick Foxworth (Contact information below.)
1. Express support for the public inquest and civil rights investigation of the police shooting of James Perez.
2. Ask Mayor Katz and Chief Foxworth to immediately implement the recommendation to require officers to file a report each time they take out their guns and point them at someone. The recommendation was made by the Albina Ministerial Alliance and the Police Assessment Resource Center. This information is useful for identifying officers who frequently use their weapons, and may help prevent future shootings.
3. Ask Mayor Katz and Chief Foxworth to immediately implement the recommendation to have civilians review any use of deadly force by the police department.
Write to the Oregonian or your local paper. Express support for police accountability, the inquest and independent investigation. Voice your support for the recommendations listed above. So far (March 31st), there have been no letters to the editor about this most recent shooting â€" let's make our voices heard!
Participate in a community forum on Thursday, April 1st. The Latino Network, Committee for Justice for Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot, and Albina Ministerial Alliance are sponsoring a forum at Ockley Green Middle School Auditorium (6031 N Montana, Portland), 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 1st. This event was originally organized to mark the anniversary of the death of Jose Mejia Poot, shot by Portland Police.
Mayor Vera Katz
1221 S.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 340
Portland, OR 97204-1995
Phone â€" 503-823-4120
Voice â€" 503-823-4127
Chief Derrick Foxworth
Portland Police Bureau
1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
Pone - 503-823-0000
Email - email@example.com
Letters to the editor
1320 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax -(503) 294-4193