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"... Audio evidence has Keaton Otis screaming, his are hands up. An officer shouts, “Let’s do it!” and three members of Portland's anti-gang HEAT Team open fire..."
http://vimeo.com/12121790
 

June Vigil for Keaton Otis

Date/Time
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Location
NE 6th and Halsey
NE 6th and Halsey
Portland, Oregon

Event Information:

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police three years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.” His father, Fred Bryant, has held a monthly vigil every month on the 12 since his son’s murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton’s life was taken.

Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

- See more at: http://portlandsocialists.org/?event=june-vigil-for-keaton-otis#sthash.uInUw3Wc.dpuf

Vigil for Keaton Otis. 

  •        Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

              NE 6th and NE Halsey

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Please come to remember and honor Keaton, his father Fred Bryant, and recommit ourselves to justice for all victims of police violence in our community.


Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police over five years ago, May 12, 2010. The police admitted they stopped him for "looking like a gangster." They shot him 23 times after tazing him while he sat in the driver's seat. Later police said Keaton had a gun, but have yet to produce it.

Keaton's father Fred Bryant held a monthly vigil on the 12th of every month since his son's murder on the spot where Keaton's life was taken. Fred Bryant did this for over three years, fighting for justice for his son, every single month in the rain, the dark, the heat, the snow. Fred Bryant passed away October 29, 2013.

His family and community have committed to continuing the vigils every month on the 12th, until justice is achieved for Keaton, for Fred, for our whole community.

#BlackLivesMatter

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Keaton-Otis/127054844033835?ref=ts&fref=ts



  • http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/otis
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      The 2010 cellphone video of the murder is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9xNE...

      There is archived information on this sad tragic death on Portland Copwatch (PCW) here: http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PPR51...

      (Quote for PCW) On May 12, officers from Portland's "Hotspot Enforcement Action Team" (HEAT) pulled over Keaton Dupree Otis, 25, for minor traffic violations, escalating the stop to where an officer was shot and injured and Otis was killed in a fusillade of 32 police bullets--23 of which hit him."(end quote)


      Keaton Otis died in his mother’s Toyota Corolla barely one hundred yards off two of Portland’s busiest streets at just after 6pm². Three officers had each tazed him twice. He was then shot 23 times in a seven-second barrage by three other officers. Nine further shots missed, one ricocheting into a Radioshack two blocks away.......

      More information & 700 page grand jury report: http://keatonotisshot23times.blogspot...

      4/12/15 Vigil video: [47 minutes] https://youtu.be/LGa0OnhYXr0
      This event was excellently facilitated by Walidah Imarisha

      • http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/otis


        Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police three years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for "looking like a gangster."
         

      His father, Fred Bryant, held a monthly vigil every month on the 12 since his son's murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton's life was taken. Fred Bryant passed away October 29, 2013. His family and community have committed to continuing the vigils every month, until justice is achieved for Keaton and for Fred.

      Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

      FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Keaton-Otis/127054844033835?ref=ts&fref=ts

      The 15-minute i-phone video of the killing can be viewed here.

      A 21-second enhanced version of the video with time stamp and sub-titles can be viewed here.

      For links to publicly-available documents, including the Grand Jury transcript and transcripts of police interviews with witnesses and officers, officer biographies, press reports, statements and maps click here.

      For a detailed review of events, police claims, the publicly-available documents + inconsistencies and questions raised click here.

      For more information about the Justice for Keaton Otis Campaign see Justice for Keaton Otis on facebook.

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      On 12 May 2010, Keaton Dupree Otis (25) was boxed in by units of Portland Police’s ‘Hotspot Enforcement Action Team’ (HEAT) on a pretext of minor traffic violations. Officers then escalated the stop to the point where Otis was killed in a fusillade of 32 pistol shots … 23 of which hit the young father.

      Upon discovery that his son had been killed in a police homicide, Fred Bryant began demanding answers. In the four years before his death, Bryant accumulated reams of forensic evidence, now in the hands of this Action Group. Had Otis not been killed, it is unlikely authorities could have made a criminal case that Otis fired a weapon. An independent investigation would just as likely establish that HEAT injured themselves in an illegal use of force. Given the City of Portland’s refusal to establish civilian authority over police conduct, the Police Bureau exonerated themselves through internal investigation.

      Fred’s pursuit of justice presents a case study of three failings in need of remedy:

      racial profiling by Portland Police, failure of Internal Affairs to adequately investigate police killings, and failure of the City’s Independent Review Board to initiate appeals of City self-exoneration.

      Public Testimony in Federal Court

      We believe a case study … of Keaton’s homicide and Fred’s pursuit of justice for his son … will illuminate deficiencies in the proposed settlement AND enter the Keaton Otis tragedy into a public record.
      more info at:
      http://justice4kofb.wordpress.com/

       

      Join a Coalition of the Willing

      Fred Bryant offers the medallion he fashioned as a touchstone in his struggle to get justice for his son.


      The 12th of each month! 
  • NE 6th and Halsey
  • Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police three years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for "looking like a gangster." His father, Fred Bryant, held a monthly vigil every month on the 12th since his son's murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton's life was taken.

    Fred Bryant passed away October 29, 2013. His family and community have committed to continuing the vigils every month, until justice is achieved for Keaton and for Fred.

    Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.

    FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ pages/ Justice-For-Keaton-Otis/ 127054844033835?ref=ts&fref =ts

From http://justiceforkeatonotis.wordpress.com/

“He kind of looks like he could be a gangster,” police later claimed, “he’s got his hood up over his head,” and he had “some scruffy, scruffy facial hair.”

A witness testified Keaton Otis appealed for help — “Don’t leave," he pleaded with this stranger, "they’re gonna kill me.” 

Witnesses tell of Keaton Otis being punched in the face through the car window, of officers not letting him out of his mother's car. And then multiple officers began nearly continuous use of tasers. 

By 6:25pm Keaton Otis was dying. Audio evidence has Keaton Otis screaming, his are hands up. An officer shouts, “Let’s do it!” and three members of Portland's anti-gang HEAT Team open fire.

Two officers were wounded as bullets bounced from a brick wall. It was easily established that the more superficial wounds came from ricochet rounds. 

Within minutes Portland’s most notorious police officers — with prior, proven histories of violence against innocent and often black, Portlanders — close associates of the shooters, converged on the scene; taking control of the car, the body and evidence… and arguing to keep the rival Strategic Emergency Response Team from securing the crime scene.

Long minutes after the killing, Portland police abused Keaton Otis' corpse, firing beanbag rounds at his lifeless body. 

Portland Police began to immediately abuse the criminal justice system. A state-wide investigation will break the ranks of the 'blue wall of silence' and discrepancies in officer accounts, evidence, and medical records will come to light.

With your help, Keaton Otis' death will expose the flaws in the County DA's bogus Grand Jury proceedings. We'll show how skewed testimony and procedural gimmicks prevented your peers from understanding the timeline never permits Keaton to have fired a shot, even if they were ever able to prove he was armed.

Another consequence of your involvement will be to demonstrate the structural deficiencies of Portland's Independent Police Review apparatus. This body, which the US DoJ terms a 'self-defeating accountability system,'persistently refused to investigate ... or even to allow Keaton's father to appeal the City's self-exoneration.


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