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Federal Judge Finds Portland Police Responsible for 1999 Beating Death

A federal judge has overturned a jury verdict in the death of Damon Lowery, ruling that six Portland police officers used excessive force when they killed the 29-year old Seattle resident in December 1999.

Lowery was visiting friends in Portland when he ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms and began acting strangely. After police were called, Lowery leapt from a second story glass window, seriously injuring himself and bleeding from a deep neck wound. Laying prone on the ground and twitching as if he were having a seizure, Lowery, who suffered from 80 percent hearing loss, did not respond to an officer's commands to put his hands out, palms up, and cross his ankles.
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