Police Cleared; Family Responds
Mayor, police chief promise additional review
2/27/2019, 9:48 a.m.
The family of a legally blind and mentally challenged black man who was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting met with Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw Friday hours after a Multnomah County Grand Jury found no criminal wrongdoing against the police officer involved in the shooting.
The jury determined the police officer was acting in self-defense on Jan. 6 when Andre Gladen, 36, threatened the officer with a knife and was shot and killed. Police were first called to a report that Gladen was sleeping on a porch in the 9600 block of Southeast Mark Street and then he ran inside the home when police arrived and refused to leave, authorities said.
The officer apparently fired three shots from a lethal weapon after first using a taser that was unsuccessful in subduing Gladen. Members of Gladen’s family, who live in Portland, claim he was not armed. They said police should have seen that he was confused and suffering a mental health crisis, and they should have de-escalated the confrontation. Gladen suffered from schizophrenia and was in town from Sacramento, Calif., visiting a cousin, the family said.
Police Chief Outlaw and Mayor Wheeler, who is Portland’s Police Commissioner, met at City Hall with Gladen’s family, at their request. Outlaw said she is awaiting additional information from the Grand Jury transcripts, but reassured the family that “a thorough investigation and review” would be done.
As is standard procedure for use of force instances, the Portland Police Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board, which is comprised of community members, police members, and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division, officials said.
Police anticipate releasing investigative materials that were not part of the internal review to the public on or about March 8.