http://kptv.com/global/story.asp?s=1811865&ClientType=Printable Protesters criticize police for fatal shooting decision|
PORTLAND - Protesters stage another rally Saturday?after a grand jury's refusal to indict a Portland police officer who shot anunarmed black motorist in north Portland.
The protest follows another on the steps of city hall yesterday, with protesters demanding more openness in the grand jury system and more police accountability.
On Thursday the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said it didn't have enough evidence to seek criminal charges against officer Jason Sery, who shot James Jahar Perez on March 28. The grand jury heard from 40 witnesses in three days before making its decision.
The family of Perez said they did not support Saturday's rally, attended by a handful of protesters in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The Portland police says Sery saw Perez reaching into his pocket and that he refused officers' orders to stop even after being warned he could be shot.
An inquest is scheduled for next week.
As we all know, there were far more than a mere "handful of protesters"!