Quanice Derrick Hayes(Portland Police)

Don’t Shoot Portland will hold a news conference at noon Saturday at Revolucion Coffee House, 1432 S.W. Sixth Ave., to draw attention to the fatal Portland police shooting of Quanice Derrick Hayes, a 17-year-old armed robbery suspect.

“Don’t Shoot Portland is demanding justice for Quanice Hayes, including an end to Portland Police Bureau’s smear campaign in order to rush a Grand Jury non-indictment,” says a news release issued Friday.

Officer Andrew Hearst shot and killed Hayes on Thursday morning near the Banfield Pet Hospital, 1816 N.E. 82nd Ave.

A suspect matching Hayes’ description had been seen in the hospital’s parking lot. Between 6:20 a.m. and 7 a.m., a suspect matching Hayes’ description had reportedly pointed a handgun at a man living in his car and robbed him of his food benefits card. That incident happened near the Portland Value Inn, 1707 N.E. 82nd Ave.

Police say a replica handgun was found near Hayes after he was shot at about 9:20 a.m. Police haven’t released details of what prompted Hearst to shoot.

About 11 hours after Hayes was shot, Portland police shot another man in a separate case. He was wounded and recovering at the hospital.

Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Mike Marshman held a news conference Friday to express concern about the shootings.

The Don’t Shoot Portland news release faulted the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party “for support to the same politicians and institutions that built the infrastructure for (President Donald) Trump to abuse.”

“While many people are protesting Trump in Portland and around the country, many are overlooking the continuing local and statewide inaction on systemic racism, including incarceration and police terror,” the news release says.

–Allan Brettman




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