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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

Portland jury issues million verdict against landlord

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has ordered a rental-property company to pay more than million after a man fell through a rotting walkway at his Portland apartment complex.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Robert Trebelhorn argued that Los Angeles-based Prime Group, which owns the...

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.Horner,...

Kelly Clarkson honors school victims at Billboard Awards

An emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in tribute to the recent school children and teachers who died in Texas, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening.Clarkson, who is hosting the show, said she...

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal name of newborn son

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen and John Legend now have a baby boy to go with their toddler girl.The 32-year-old model and 39-year-old singer, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, introduced Miles Theodore Stephens to the world on Sunday.Teigen had been hinting to her millions of...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

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Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

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Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Santa Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers...

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic...

Britain basks in royal wedding afterglow; grave gets bouquet

LONDON (AP) — Unwilling to kiss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding goodbye just yet, Britain basked...

Portland Police Bureau van
By Lisa Loving | The Skanner News

A former Portland Police officer fired two years ago after shooting an unarmed man with live rounds instead of beanbags has committed suicide in his home city of Washougal, Washington.

Dane Reister, 43, apparently stepped in front of a moving train on Memorial Day. Washougal police on the scene said there were no witnesses.

The body was discovered by passing train engineers. Earlier reports indicated that Reister’s truck had been left on the tracks, but investigators now say it was found in a nearby parking lot.

The Clark County Medical Examiner's office on Tuesday reported Reister died from multiple blunt force injuries; his death was ruled a suicide.

The former officer was fired by the Portland Police after accidentally shooting a bipolar man with live rounds when he intended to use beanbag shots.

Reister in 2011 repeatedly shot William Kyle Monroe, aged 20, an unarmed man in a mental crisis who was running away from the officer after being told to get on his knees and put his hands behind his head.

The former officer shot at Monroe’s back as he ran, using a beanbag rifle – but the rifle had been loaded with real bullets, which left Monroe permanently disabled.

Then-Mayor Sam Adams publicly apologized to Monroe, and reform measures were launched to change the way officers store ammunition near beanbag rifles.

Monroe filed a federal lawsuit against Reister as well as then-Portland Police Chief Mike Reese, claiming false arrest, assault and negligence.

The lawsuit ended in a $3.2 million judgment -- the biggest legal settlement in Portland history.

It was not the first time Reister had mistakenly used live ammunition. He had injured another police officer in 2006 when he fired a loaded riot-suppression launcher during a training session. In that case Reister admitted he had forgotten he’d previously loaded it with a smoke projectile. The injured officer in that case recovered.

An investigative report by The Oregonian in 2013 showed that Reister was never officially certified to carry a beanbag shotgun.

Because of bureaucratic errors, Reister and a handful of other officers had thought they earned that certification as part of Rapid Response Team training in 2002, but that in reality Reister had carried the shotgun for almost a decade before being informed he hadn’t been properly trained. 

Reister’s firing after shooting Monroe came the year after the US Department of Justice ruled that Portland Police displayed a standard and practice of unnecessary use of force against mentally ill people.

Suicide is one of the most common causes of death in Oregon. According to a 2013 report by the Portland Police Behavioral Health Unit, “Moreover, suicide is one of Oregon’s most persistent yet largely preventable public health problems; it is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 15-34, and the eighth leading cause of death among all Oregonians in 2010.” 

According to the international police support organization Badge of Life, which agitates for better suicide prevention programs for police officers, the 2012 National Surveillance of Police Suicides showed 126 police suicides across the United States – but that was the last time the numbers were collected.

The group is advocating for further study, as well as the adoption of what they call the Emotional Self-Care Training Program – including an annual “mental health check” that they compare to a dental checkup-- to provide mental health support to officers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The group’s website uses colorful language to promote better mental health services for police – and urging officers to access those services

 

Washougal Police are requesting anyone with information about Reister’s suicide to contact Washougal Detective Kate Tierney 360-835-8701.

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