On Sunday March 28th, just after 5pm PST, two Portland police officers stopped James Perez for a traffic violation, in a neighbourhood traditionally "money-poor" but rich in spirit. A traffic violation generally is a small fine, this time it resulted in death, without trial, judge, or jury. Soon after the murder, portland indymedia readers began their own investigation of the crime and the officers involved.
James Perez, a person of color, was shot in his car multiple times by a police handgun, and at least once by a police tazer, it hasnt been confirmed if the officers attempted to use "less-lethal" weapons before opening fire. Apparently Perez was asked to exit his vehicle and was unbuckling his seat belt when one officer, Jason Sery, opened fire.
This is not the first public police murder in Portland, in the recent past two other highly publicized murders occured. The Portland Police shot and murdered Kendra James one year ago, and Jose Mejia Poot two years ago. All victims were people of color. So far no officer related murders have resulted in any serious punishement of the murderers.
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