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Another police shooting has citizens shouting "Murders"
by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald Oregon Herald senior reporter
  Wednesday March 24, 2010 - 12:59 PM
 
PORTLAND, Oregon - Scores of local Portland citizens are outraged at yet another shooting by police. Jack Dale Collins, 58, was shot and killed by a Portland police officer Monday afternoon, according to Detective Mary Wheat.Collins, who is believed to be a transient, was killed Monday and died at the scene. Detective Wheat said that police Officer Jason Walters who shot Collins was not injured.

The shooting occured not long after 3 p.m., outside the Hoyt Arboretum. Officers were first called to the scene after reports of a disturbance.

"The officer arrived on scene and shortly after that reported that shots had been fired by Walters and requested immediate medical response," Wheat explained.

he emerged from a bathroom with a razor knife, moved toward Walters and refused repeated commands to drop it.

According to Police Chief Rosie Sizer, Walters, a 13-year bureau veteran, responded to a call of a white adult male threatening people in the aboretum around 3:24 p.m. on March 22. After Walters arrived, he encountered Collins coming out of a bathroom with blood on his hands, face and neck. Collins was carrying a knife that Sizer described as a six-inch handle with a pointed razor at one end, like an “Exacto knife.”

Several officers were investigating, along with chain of command and Portland Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Mayor Sam Adams said there were multiple witnesses to the shooting and that he would be meeting with Saltzman at the scene.

"Anytime there is an officer involved shooting with a fatality, it's a major concern and I felt I wanted to come here to get the facts," Saltzman said.

The shooting also sparked a sudden and quite vocal protest outside a police precinct in Southeast Portland. People yelled "cops are murderers" and chanted the names of other people who have died at the hands of police, including Aaron Campbell. There were several dozen people in the protest crowd. They said they were "regular people outraged over police violence."

"There was a call that went out for people to assemble because we heard about another incident of police brutality in our city and we're really upset," one protester said.

The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil rights investigation into a previous police shooting on Jan. 29, the fatal shooting of Campbell, who was not armed at the time.All Campbell's brother died the same day, of an ongoing illness and family members said Campbell had been severely depressed over the loss of his loved one.


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