We express our deepest sympathies to the family of Andre Gladen who was shot and killed by a Portland police officer on Sunday. Media reports indicate that Mr. Gladen experienced a mental illness and was in a mental health crisis at the time of the shooting. Many facts remain unknown.
We call for an independent investigation of Mr. Gladen’s death by the City of Portland’s Independent Police Review. Independent Police Review needs the resources and authority to conduct a truly independent investigation. Understanding what occurred through a wholly independent lens is critical for the community at large, for people with disabilities, and PPB. Accountability where appropriate engenders community trust.