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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 ...

3 killed in Vancouver vehicle crash identified

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Medical's Examiner's Office has identified three men killed in a vehicle crash in Vancouver.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 24-year-old Tabo Naveta, 27-year-old Akiki Kintin and 27-year-old Kenson Cheipot, all from Vancouver, died from injuries...

Springfield settles lawsuit with fired dispatcher for K

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The city of Springfield has agreed to pay ,000 to settle a 2014 lawsuit by a dispatcher who said she was wrongly fired after accusing officers of inappropriate conduct.The Register-Guard reported Sunday that a joint statement from the city and the former dispatcher,...

3 killed in Vancouver vehicle crash identified

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Medical's Examiner's Office has identified three men killed in a vehicle crash in Vancouver.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 24-year-old Tabo Naveta, 27-year-old Akiki Kintin and 27-year-old Kenson Cheipot, all from Vancouver, died from injuries...

Seattle, family reach M settlement for deadly crash

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a couple killed in 2013 by a drunk driver has settled with the city of Seattle for million.KOMO-TV reported Monday that the family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled with the city last month.Prosecutors say Mark Mullan was drunk when his pickup hit the...

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

Black man ordered to pay [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 for racist campus graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 in restitution.The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to...

China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese judge sentenced a Tibetan shopkeeper to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting separatism, based on his comments in a New York Times documentary in which the man talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the tightly secured region.Tashi Wangchuk's...

Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

ATLANTA (AP) — Four states will cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hold primaries, while Texans settle several primary runoffs after their first round of voting in March. Some noteworthy story lines:IN THIS #METOO MIDTERM,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend B on image sensors

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend [scripts/homepage/home.php].3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.Sony already owns...

At Cannes, a #MeToo upheaval up and down the Croisette

CANNES, France (AP) — Fifty years after filmmakers shut down the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious Cote d'Azur extravaganza was again shook by upheaval.From the start to the finish, the 71st Cannes was dominated by protest and petition for gender equality, culminating in the...

Despite Spotify change, R. Kelly's streams still intact

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming numbers for R. Kelly have remained intact a week after Spotify announced it had removed the R&B singer's music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.Spotify made the bold declaration on May 10, but R. Kelly's streaming...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.And...

Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck

BOSTON (AP) — A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of...

Palestinians ask ICC for 'immediate' probe against Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Calling it a "historic step" toward justice, the Palestinian foreign minister...

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces raised their flag over the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on...

EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data...

US bishop at royal wedding thought invitation was a prank

LONDON (AP) — The American bishop whose sermon caused a stir at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan...

Distinctive Death Map
Arashi Young of The Skanner News

Oregon’s most distinctive cause of death is not from disease or bicycle accidents -- it is through interactions with the police.

That is according to a new state-by-state report tracking mortality data. Legal Intervention -- deaths resulting from an encounter with a law enforcement official -- was the most distinctive death for Oregon, Nevada and New Mexico.

Legal intervention deaths include deaths of suspects, bystanders and law enforcement officers.

The study was conducted by Francis Boscoe, PhD of the New York State Cancer Registry. After ruling out the top 10 most common deaths, such as heart disease and cancer, Boscoe looked for high frequencies of rare deaths.

Taking inspiration from light-hearted distinctive maps such as “the most distinctive google search per state,” Boscoe wanted to make a serious map that questioned how geography and local policies affect death rates.

Another example of a death from Boscoe’s work was the prevalence of Black Lung Disease found in the coal mining states of Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. To view the full map, click here.

In Oregon, there were 110 legal intervention deaths between 2001 and 2010. Boscoe said the age-adjusted rate for these deaths was 3.2 deaths per million people.

“This is obviously on the rarer side of things, but the national rate is 1.2 per million, so Oregon ends up being about 2.6 times higher than the national average,” he said “And that's why it was on the map.”

Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner said the numbers were not consistent with the use of force statistics for the Portland Police.

“Our numbers are a lot lower than the national average for uses of force and uses of deadly force, amongst our officers and also the rate of officers killed in the line of duty is about equal to the national average,” Turner said.

Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association of Portland said that these deaths are the result of failures in two separate but related social systems: the mental illness and addiction treatment system and the criminal justice system.

Renaud said the budget cuts to the state mental health system in the 1990s removed people with mental illness from medical treatment and made the criminal justice system into their primary caregivers. 

“What we have seen over the years of looking at this is that most people who are harmed by police officers have untreated alcoholism, untreated drug addiction and untreated mental illness,” Renaud said.

Legal intervention deaths are the “canary in the coal mine” in the breakdown of these systems, according to Renaud.

The report used U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mortality data which was divided into 113 causes of death. Renaud questions these statistics.

“The numbers are probably higher because often the medical examiner will list the death as accidental or as suicide, when it really should be listed as legal intervention,” Renaud said. He mentioned the case of James Chasse who died in police custody in 2006.

The Multnomah County medical examiner’s office ruled Chasse’s death “accidental,” but a state medical examiner later ruled Chasse had died of “blunt-force trauma” and said he would have survived had he been taken to a hospital earlier.

Renaud has been outspoken regarding unreliable data on deaths at the hands of police. Federal Bureau of Investigation justifiable homicide numbers are voluntarily reported by only a few of the 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

From 2009 – 2013, the FBI reported about 400 deaths per year, but a recent database published by The Guardian  showed 464 deaths at the hands police in 2015 so far -- more than twice the rate reported by the FBI.

Of the 110 deaths by legal intervention, 86 were white non-Hispanic, eight were Hispanic and 16 were recorded as non-white. The second most distinctive death for Oregon was death from Meningococcal infections.

 

To see The Guardian feature tracking police killings, click here.

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