See the menu to the right for all the blogs about the killing of Keaton Otis.
Below are quick links to key points in the narrative. The aim of the blogs is to give as detailed and as accurate review of what is known about the killing… pointing to anomalies and contradictions as well as raising key questions. As new information comes to light the blogs are updated as appropriate.
❏ Wednesday 12 May 2010: A new day for the Portland Police Bureau and alarming news for the officers of HEAT — the chief is fired
❏ HEAT, the Hotspot Enforcement Action Team
❏ HEAT: The very definition of racial profiling
❏ In brief… what happened between 6:20pm and 6:25pm on Wednesday 12 May 2010
❏ Angst in Starbucks… then Keaton Otis drives by
❏ Driving while black: “Scruffy, scruffy facial hair”, wearing a hoodie and looking “like a gangster”
❏ A 15 mile-per-hour police chase
❏ Stopped for not making eye contact
❏ “Don’t leave, they’re gonna kill me”
❏ What did Keaton say…
❏ “Open the door, open the fucking door…”
❏ Officer DeFrain thinks ahead… warns Officer Burley to stand out of the line of fire
❏ A cyclist’s testimony…bang, bang, bang, bang, bang… “controlled hysteria”
❏ Where did all the bullets go?
❏ Seven long seconds
❏ Live video tells no lies
❏ And live commentary…
❏ Was Keaton Otis still alive after the shooting?
❏ The gun, exhibit #67… but did anyone see it?
❏ The missing Crown Royal bag
❏ Officer Dauchy: state’s witness
❏ Officer Dauchy: beanbags Keaton Otis… the official version
❏ A pause… just what did Keaton Otis do?
❏ The alternative narrative… who controls access to the car?
❏ And who then closes the passenger door? And why?
❏ A Grand Jury… or a cop show?
❏ Police Review Board finds application of deadly physical force “within policy”
❏ When driving-while-black is life threatening
❏ Good cops
❏ Why the rush to shoot?
❏ What they say now… no mention of the 32 shots
❏ Some questions
❏ Postscript… so, how did they do?