After a shooting in Portland that left a 36 year old man dead, Portland cops are abandoning a policy that allowed police to carry knives on their outer vest carrier.
According to police, the knives are “ easily accessible” A man was fatally shot by police on Jan 6 after the Man ran inside a strangers home wielding a knife that had fallen of the officers vest. Andre Gladen, a 36-year-old legally blind man was fatally shot inside the home. The policy that bans carrying knives in an exposed manner was put into affect Monday sources report.
Outlaw said the bureau still awaits the grand jury transcripts related to the Gladen shooting and that the police administrative investigation into the shooting hasn’t concluded. Police released a photo of the knife two days after the deadly encounter. It shows a double-sided 3 1/2-inch blade with finger rings. It costs about $100, according to retail postings. The new ban followed a review by the bureau’s Training Division of equipment and pouches officers carry in their outside vests. Lead instructors from firearms,
A Multnomah County grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by the officer involved in the shooting. The grand jury transcripts are expected to be made public in two to three weeks, and the bureau’s investigative reports will be released by March 8, according to the bureau. Police instructors on control tactics noticed that knives placed on the outside vests are generally exposed and visible. Police typically carry them to cut clothing, ropes or seat belts on emergency calls. But now, officers no longer can carry knives, scissors, trauma shears or seat-belt cutters on their outside vests, unless they’re concealed inside a pouch.