Three Police Involved Shootings In The News

Portland cops are under scrutiny after killing three people in officer involved shootings. The Portland Police Bureau sent out information to the press stating that they will not release an officer’s name in the latest of the week’s three police shootings.

There have been five “officer-involved shootings” so far this year, according to a dashboard on the Portland Police Bureau’s website. Three resulted in deaths. Last year, there were eight such shootings. For the prior 10 years, there were never more than six.

PPB has determined that there are credible security threats to officers involved in recent shootings and therefore, PPB is withholding the name of one of the involved members during the pendency of the doxxing investigation. 

The Portland Police Bureau, under intense scrutiny following three police shootings in under a week, is refusing to name the officer responsible for the latest killing. Once the investigation is completed, PPB will reassess the security threat and will release the name of the officer involved in the shooting when the threat no longer exists.

That string of shootings began early Sunday morning, when Officer Mina Cavalli-Singer killed 19-year-old Johnathan Worth. Worth had fired a gun during a scuffle with two officers on the sidewalk in the Centennial neighborhood of East Portland, police said.

On Tuesday, Officer Kevin Roush fired at a suspect who rammed a patrol car and “appeared to attempt to run over” the officer on foot, according to the police. The officers were responding to reports of gunfire in St. Johns. The suspect escaped and remains at large.

On Wednesday, an officer killed a man in the Hazelwood neighborhood in what a neighbor described as suicide by cop. Police Bureau announced it would not name the officer involved in Wednesday’s shooting, citing threats, including “possible doxxing,” to officers involved. Doxxing is when someone search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the internet, typically with malicious intent. Hackers and online vigilantes routinely dox both public and private figures.