Lawsuit Accuses Portland Officer Of Fatally Shooting Unarmed Black Man In The Back

A police officer in Portland, is facing serious allegations in a federal lawsuit involving the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man in 2022. The incident occurred during the early hours of November 19, 2022, when officers responded to an attempted armed robbery call. According to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Oregon last week, the officer used a semi-automatic rifle to shoot Immanueal “Manny” Clark in the back as he was running away.

The lawsuit claims that the officers mistakenly identified the car Clark had been traveling in, and were informed by dispatchers that the robbery suspects were white men. In a tragic case of mistaken identity, the officer allegedly used excessive force against Clark, who was unarmed and posed no immediate threat to the officers or the public.

The federal lawsuit not only accuses the officer of using excessive force but also holds the city of Portland accountable for wrongful death and negligence for failing to provide emergency medical care. According to the complaint, Clark laid on the ground, bleeding from the gunshot wound, for close to 30 minutes before receiving any medical attention. Tragically, despite efforts to save his life, Clark later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Furthermore, the complaint alleges that the police officers followed a car without probable cause that those inside were involved in the attempted robbery. After the car pulled into a church parking lot, officers made the decision to conduct a “high-risk stop.” It was during this encounter that Clark, who was outside the car near the driver’s door, started running away as the officers exited their police cars. In an utterly devastating turn of events, the officer allegedly shot Clark in the back as he fled, completely unarmed.

The lawsuit seeks justice for Immanueal Clark and aims to bring attention to the need for reform within the Portland Police Department. This case may serve as a catalyst for change, prompting a comprehensive review of police procedures and training to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.