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CAIR-Oregon Calls on State Attorney General to Probe Shooting of Man in Homeless Shelter

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 4/9/18) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called on that state’s attorney general to investigate the shooting of a man in a homeless shelter by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and to develop better police accountability and community support measures.

Video shows a man being killed by officers despite his being completely surrounded.

SEE: Man Shot in SE Homeless Shelter Was ”˜Looking For Help,’ Witnesses Say

ALSO SEE: Graphic Video of Officers Shooting Houseless Man

“The video of this man being shot to death is incredibly disturbing,” said CAIR-Oregon spokesperson Zakir Khan. “For months, we have waited to see the reforms that a new chief of police and a consent decree were supposed to bring. Instead, we are confronted with the grave truth that police-involved shootings remain a problem in Portland just as they do in the rest of this country. The Oregon Department of Justice must investigate, be transparent and hold the Portland Police Bureau accountable for its actions.”

In a statement, Khan said:

“In the wake of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s call for more officers, we would instead advocate for more oversight, transparency and community support before new officers are hired. Therefore, we demand the following items:

“First, mental health counselors should be made available to all communities impacted by police shootings, including for all of the individuals who were at this homeless shelter.

“Second, an independent, third-party organization should be appointed to investigate this shooting and to fully audit PPB’s behavior when it comes to use of force situations.

“Third, all training materials, videos, emails, and internal memos detailing PPB’s policy on de-escalation and use of force should be released to the public.

“Fourth, all disciplinary histories of the officers involved in this shooting should be released to the public.

“Fifth, we invite the Oregon attorney general’s office to convene a commission of community stakeholders to help develop better accountability measures that make police forces actually accountable and transparent to the public. Belief in our police forces is waning because the community is consistently and persistently not being heard on a reform level.”

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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