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Educational Material handed out at Rally for James Perez.

A local Portland, Oregon, Police Accountability Group distributes a flyer demanding Police Accountability at a Rally for James Jahar Akbar Perez, age 28, today at Terry Schunk Plaza. According to the flyer Mr. Perez is the "Third Unarmed African American Killed by Portland Police in 25 Months. " The flyer reminds people the information is for educational purposes and gives a reference of where the information is from. The flyer also asks for people to call Mayor Katz the Police Commissioner and Demands state law and City Policy be changed.
Picture of James Perez and a Picture of Officer Jason Sery.
Picture of James Perez and a Picture of Officer Jason Sery.

On Sunday, March 28, Portland Police shot and killed James Jahar Akbar Perez, 28, an unarmed African American man, after pulling him over for failure to signal a turn. Officer Jason Sery (#36878) fired three rounds into Perez car after some kind of altercation, but witnesses say Perez never even took off his seat belt (KOIN-TV, 3/29/04).

Perez is the third young, unarmed African American person shot by police in the last 3 years, following Byron Hammick on February 22, 2002 and Kendra James on May 5, 2003. In a city with one of the smallest African American populations in the nation, this is a worrisome statistic.

Information is slow to be released. We know that Serys partner, Sean Macomber (#37147) fired a Taser after Sery shot Perez, and the Taser, which puts out a 50,000 volt pulse for five seconds at a time, was running for over three minutes.

The City has agreed to hold a public inquest for there to be a full airing of the facts. Although the inquest will determine how Perez died, the decision about whether to file criminal charges will be left up to a secret grand jury.

Although it is rare to see pictures of police officers after shootings, KGW-TV ran an old picture of Sery, apparently from his days as a Montana police officer, during the week of March 29. A few hours after first running the picture, they chose to blur out the officers face. The photo appearing here was published in Portlands Finest: Past & Present in the year 2000 and is used for educational purposes.

Call Mayor Katz, Police Commissioner at 503-823-4120 and demand accountability. This must include citizen review of all police shootings, within weeks of the incident by local citizens rather than two years or more after the fact by outside agencies. Demand that state law and City policy be changed to emphasize that an officer who uses deadly force with the reasonable belief that there is a threat to his or anothers life must be able to prove there was an objectively reasonable belief that such a threat existed.

--Portland Copwatch
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)

Regarding the picture of officer 04.Apr.2004 23:40

Jason Sery

as it came from a "public source", and it's obviously one of him much younger than his stated age of 29
today, then here is idea in how to get a picture of Scott McCollister. Since the newspaper reports all
stated he was from McMillville as his Dad was the Court Administrator there, then surely Scott's pic is
found in the High School Year Books there. It'd be simply matter of getting ahold of one, and since it
is a "public source" then it's OK to use it. Why not? Maybe it's dated, but at least it's a picture!

perez photo 05.Apr.2004 00:12

pdx indy graphics drone #6082

photoshop sharpen filter applied to somewhat blurry original for center column use

To view photos of the MURDERERS... 06.Apr.2004 00:15