Anti-police agitators Don’t Shoot Portland tried to label the shooting of a teenaged suspect a “murder” by officers in February without waiting for any facts or evidence.
The Feb. 20 march will begin at the federal courthouse downtown, said Teressa Raiford, who spoke at the news conference on behalf of Don’t Shoot Portland.
“We do plan to have a non-permitted protest,” Raiford said, standing in front of Revolucion Coffee House, 1432 S.W. Sixth Ave., with at least a dozen supporters behind her. “I think that the Portland police have given us a very good reason not to want to work with them in the murder of Quanice Hayes.
“So I hope our mayor will hear the cries of our community and the request of the community that we’ve expressed today and not send excessive force to the protest march…not only because it’s the wrong thing to do but because (Wheeler) knows we are an organization that is known for the safety of our protests (and) that we don’t need excessive force or any kind of show of force or brutality against the families that want to come out.”
Addressing Hayes’ death, Raiford questioned the version of events Portland police have offered about his death.
“Portland is known already for its racism against people of color but predominantly against the black community,” she said. “We’re very well known for our murders of unarmed black men.”
A grand jury did review the facts and evidence, however, and they pretty much made Raiford and Don’t Shoot Portland look like hysterical fools. After a kidnapping/armed robbery, a prowling call, and a trespassing call, all with solid descriptions of the same suspect leading to a specific location, police did what any reasonable person in their circumstances would.
Officers searched the area and found Hayes in a side yard. He allegedly told police he lived in the home. But as officers checked with the homeowner, Hayes fled. Police said they noticed Hayes was holding his waistband as he ran away.
A perimeter was set up around the neighborhood and police said they found items Hayes left behind that allegedly connected him to all of the crime scenes.
Officers later found a home with a broken window on NE Hancock Street. Hayes was found crouching in an alcove between the garage and the home.
Police said they believed he was armed with a handgun when they ordered him to keep his hands up and crawl out of the alcove.
He started to get up, police said, but got upright on his knees and made “repeated and deliberate motions with his hands to the area of his waistband and pockets.”
That’s when Officer Hearst fired 3 shots at Hayes, striking him twice in the torso and once in the head. Hayes died at the scene, and toxicology tests showed he had cocaine, benzodiazepine and hydrocodone in his blood at the time, police said.
It was later determined Hayes had a realistic-looking replica firearm.
Kids, here’s a helpful public service announcement.
If you don’t relish the thought of getting a chest and head lead delivery, you may want to lay off:
- armed robbery
- prowling around cars and in neighborhoods
- abusing numerous drugs
- posing a threat to police officers