Two Portland State University officers shot and killed a Navy veteran, who tried to break up a fight outside a sports bar in the Oregon town on June 29.
Portland State University identified the cops as Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey; the victim was Navy veteran Jason E. Washington, reports ABC News.
Keyaira Smith, a witness who filmed the incident, described the fight to Oregon Public Broadcasting:
The guy in blue had used some racial slurs earlier when they were in the street kiddy corner to where they were in this video and that’s what brought it to this point, and started the whole thing.
Smith said that Washington was “trying to be a good samaritan” and break up the fight, but the police did not.
Smith recalled that Washington had a gun holstered on his right side:
The gun slipped out of the holster when he had fallen, and I think he may have tried to retrieve it. Then they said “gun.”
There was absolutely no hesitation at all. [The officer] went straight for his gun.
Smith said Washington’s back was turned to police when they shot him.
The Portland Police Bureau referred questions to Portland State University, which said it was not going to do interviews or release further information.
Friends and family of Washington told Oregon Live how they were outraged by his death at the hands of the police.
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