Officers who shot and killed homeless man on Sunday identified, involved in previous incid
Officers Jason Lile and Larry Wingfield both shot at and killed a homeless man on Sunday (January 2nd, 2011). Officer Lile had previously made the news for tasering a 20 year-old man who observed police beating a drunken man downtown.
Article about Lile and picture of Wingfield can be found at sites listed in body of this post.
For info on other cops check out g2kpdx.com
An article about officer Jason Lile can be found at the Willamette Week, February 4, 2004, "Is the Portland Police Bureau going TASER CRAZY?" ...I did not hyperlink the article because I thought that it might make this post not show up, but you can find it yourself easily enough. An excerpt here:
At 3 am on May 3, 2003, three weeks before Officer Ollenbrook subdued the suicidal man in a dramatic standoff, several cops responded to a more mundane call at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Stark Street: a drunk using a shovel to liberate his keys from a parking-lot kiosk.
As officers took him into custody, a nearby line of clubgoers had formed at Chinto's Burritos cart. Among them was Dontae Marks, a 20-year-old amateur bodybuilder who had been out at the Red Sea club with his friend.
To Marks and his friend, the way the officers dealt with the man looked like brutality. The friend went closer, cursed at the cops, then returned to the burrito line.
A short time later, two officers approached the friend and cuffed him, saying he was drunk and headed to detox. As they escorted him to a squad car, Marks protested to an officer on the outskirts of the scene that his pal wasn't drunk. The officer told him to leave. Marks refused. Another cop, Jason Lile, repeated the order and drew his taser, positioning the red dot of its laser sight on Marks' chest.
Scared, Marks backed away about 10 feet and turned his back to Lile. "I thought if I turned my back he wouldn't shoot me," he told WW. Marks says he shouted that he had a right to stand there.
Mark says he got one warning; Lile's account says it was a half-dozen. Regardless, the report acknowledges the precipitating moment came when Marks looked over his shoulder and called back, "Go ahead and shoot me, you fucking pussy."
Lile pulled the trigger and the darts flew into Marks' back, automatically triggering a five-second cycle of shocks and a noise sounding like a muted string of firecrackers: KAK-KAK-KAK-KAK.
Marks was tased even though, according to the police report, he had his back turned to the officer. "The darts appeared to hit him in the back but had no effect as he walked away," wrote Officer Lile in the incident report.
Marks says he felt the charge but was able to keep walking. He walked 10 feet further away, said the report, then stopped to pull the taser probes out of his clothes. Lile approached from behind and attempted to tase Marks again in the neck, using the weapon's touch-stun mode.
Marks, the police report says, brushed Lile off, assumed a "fighting stance," and soon found himself under a pile of six cops. Lile's report says that even while face down on his stomach, Marks "continued to resist." While cops punched him, pepper-sprayed him and clubbed him with an telescoping baton, Lile touch-stunned him with at least 10 more five-second cycles--KAK-KAK-KAK.
Horrified, the Chinto's crowd yelled and cursed the cops. The next day Marks' wife, Aurora, counted marks from 13 separate taser burns spread across his back, neck, buttocks, and rear of his legs.
Last August, Marks was tried on charges of resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer by failing to disperse. In court, Marks' attorney, Amy Elkanich, argued that he'd rightfully disregarded an unlawful command. After deliberating for 20 minutes, the jury acquitted Marks on both charges.
Elkanich says the Marks case shows how tasers give cops a new power that is too easily abused.
Officer Lile had not told Marks, "Leave or you will be arrested." Nor, in his report, did he say the taser was needed to take Marks into custody. Rather, Lile wrote that he tased the bystander because "I believed Marks would physically resist any attempts to move him."
"They went straight to the taser, because it was quick and easy for them," Elkanich says. "He was doing what they wanted him to do, but because they didn't believe him, they tased him. And that's what blew that situation up. Without the taser, that situation would never, ever have occurred. I think that they are using these too soon in their interactions with people."
It's not just defense lawyers who are disturbed by the Marks case. WW read the report to a handful of Portland cops, including Christensen. "That's from a police report?" the retired officer said when the account was read to him. "That doesn't sound good at all.... Not having been there, I don't have all the facts, but it sounds a little unnecessary."
Officer Mack doesn't understand why Marks was tased the first time, let alone 12 more times.
"If you want to tell me I'm a 'punk,' or a 'pussy,' I'll say, 'Whatever: Your friend is going to detox, and you should probably walk away or you'll be joining him,'" he says. "I wasn't there, but hearing the report, I don't get it. How is that not abusive?"
As part of the bureau's standard procedure with each taser use, police officials reviewed Lile's actions and deemed them "within policy," meaning the officer wasn't disciplined.
A picture of officer Larry Wingfield in camo can be found at EastPDXnews.com, "Police picnic welcomes neighbors to East Precinct office."
For info on other cops check out g2kpdx.com
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