What happened to Keaton Otis

Keaton Otis, a person with a diagnosis of a mental illness, was shot and killed by Portland Police officers on May 12, 2010 during a routine traffic stop.

Police Documents

Record of the Deceased – Keaton Otis (PDF)

Witness Testimony to Homicide Investigators – (PDF 22 MB)

Detective Reports – (PDF, 7.8 MB)

Witness Officers’ Reports – (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Criminalist Reports – (PDF, 6.1 MB)

Property Evidence Receipts – (PDF, 6.4 MB)

Grand Jury Transcripts

Order Releasing Transcripts (PDF)

Transcript of Grand Jury Proceedings (PDF, 3.6 MB)

Other Documents

Mayor Adams’ Statement on the Keaton Otis Grand Jury – June 1, 2010

Keaton Family Statement (PDF)

Officer Reports

Officer Chris Burley – (PDF 2 MB)
Sgt Don Livingston – (PDF 2.7 MB)
Officer James Defrain – (PDF 2.8 MB)
Officer Andy Polas – (PDF 2.1 MB)
Officer Cody Berne – (PDF 3 MB)
Officer Ryan Foote – (PDF 1.4 MB)
Officer Aaron Dauchy – (PDF 1.5 MB)
Officer Patrick Murphy – (PDF 1.7 MB)

Computer Aided Dispatch System (CAD) Log

Audio File: Police Radio Communications

Audio File: 9-1-1 Call

Diagram of Scene

Video of Police Shooting – Slow Motion (Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office)

News Reports

Live updates: Grand jury releases transcripts in Keaton Otis shooting inquiry, The Oregonian – June 7, 2010

Officer Hit in Keaton Otis Shooting is Walking Again, Portland Mercury – June 7, 2010

Grand Jury Report: Otis’s Lifeless Body ‘Taken into Custody Without Incident’, The Skanner – June 7, 2010

Otis Grand Jury Transcripts May Be Released Today, The Skanner – June 7, 2010

Business at Red and Black Cafe in Southeast Portland increases after police officer turned away, The Oregonian – June 7, 2010

Grand jury documents released in Otis shooting, KOIN.com – June 7, 2010

Portland Officer Chris Burley not angry at man who shot him, but wishes he could have gotten help, The Oregonian – June 3, 2010

Hall Monitor: Friendly Fire, Portland Mercury – June 3, 2010

Officer Shot By Keaton Otis Recaps Traffic Stop, KPTV.com – June 3, 2010

Wounded officer says community failed Otis, KATU.com – June 3, 2010

The Otis shooting magnifies how things go so wrong so fast, The Oregonian – June 2, 2010

New Police Review Report: 60 Percent of Police Bias Complaints Dismissed, Portland Mercury – June 2, 2010

Portland police explain what led to the fatal stop of Keaton Otis, The Oregonian – June 1, 2010

Portland police release investigative reports, 9-1-1 calls from fatal shooting of Keaton Otis, The Oregonian – June 1, 2010

BREAKING: Keaton Otis Was “Still Moving” Four Minutes After Police Shot Him, Portland Mercury – June 1, 2010

32 Shots: Keaton Otis Shooting Audio and Documents (Updated with Details from Reese and Adams News Conference), Willamette Week – June 1, 2010

Adams to Push for Drug-Testing Police, Willamette Week – June 1, 2010

Police chief: Officers unaware driver was armed in May 12 shooting, Portland Tribune – June 1, 2010

Adams: Police, city will try different approach after shooting, Portland Tribune – June 1 2010

POD: Otis tailed by police because he wore a hoodie on a hot day, Portland Sentinel – June 1, 2010

Police audio tapes of Keaton Otis shooting released, KOIN.com – June 1, 2010

Police release more details in fatal traffic stop, KATU.com – June 1, 2010

Police Release Details Of Fatal Shooting, KPTV.com – June 1, 2010

Report: Police shot Otis 23 times, KGW.com – June 1, 2010

Workgroup fails to find police bias; no changes needed, Portland Tribune – May 31, 2010

Keaton Otis and Roger Witter both owned a gun, but it didn’t pay off for either in their moments of crisis, The Oregonian – May 29, 2010

Portland mayor releases statement on latest police fatal shooting, The Oregonian – May 28, 2010

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Liability in Fatal Police Shooting of Keaton Otis, Willamette Week – May 28, 2010

Grand Jury: No Criminal Liability in Keaton Otis Death, Portland Mercury – May 28, 2010

Mayor Sam Adams’ Statement on the Keaton Otis Grand Jury (press release) – May 28, 2010

Grand Jury: No Charges For Officers In Keaton Otis Shooting, OPB News – May 28, 2010

Another Mentally Ill Man Dead: Will a Police Shakeup Change Anything?, Portland Mercury – May 28, 2010

Portland grand jury finds no criminal wrongdoing in police shooting of Keaton Otis on May 12, The Oregonian – May 27, 2010

Hall Monitor: Respectful Silence, Portland Mercury – May 27, 2010

Adams: Police, city will try different approach after shooting, Portland Tribune – May 27, 2010

Portland Copwatch raises concerns about Keaton Otis grand jury, The Portland Observer – May 26, 2010

“Enough is Enough”: Parents of Aaron Campbell and Keaton Otis Speak Near Tears, Portland Mercury – May 21, 2010

Help Is on the Way… Perhaps: Promised Mental Health Center “Relatively Certain,” Portland Mercury – May 20, 2010

Officer shot in the legs in Lloyd area traffic stop released from hospital, KOIN.com – May 19, 2010

Update on Last Week’s Shooting: Cops Say Officer Shot by Suspect, Willamette Week – May 18, 2010


Officer Shot Last Week Released from Hospital, Portland Mercury – May 18, 2010

Portland ministers group to launch independent investigation into fatal police shooting of Keaton Otis, The Oregonian – May 17, 2010

Albina Ministerial Alliance Speaks on Chasse Settlement, Last Week’s Shooting and the New Chief, Willamette Week – May 17, 2010

Albina Ministries Demands “Transparent, Swift and Fair Investigation” of Police Shooting, Portland Mercury – May 17, 2010

Albina Ministerial Alliance to investigate Otis shooting, KOIN.com – May 17, 2010

Parents of Ore. man shot by police say he was ill, The Seattle Times – May 15, 2010

Parents of Portland man shot by police say he had a mood disorder, The Oregonian – May 14, 2010

Authorities identify man who was shot and killed after wounding Portland officer, The Oregonian – May 14, 2010

Watch the Video: Wednesday’s Police Shooting, Willamette Week – May 14, 2010

Friend of Man Shot By Police: “He always told me not to mess with guns,” Portland Mercury – May 14, 2010

Portland Police Identify Man Shot In Traffic Stop, OPB News – May 14, 2010

Police identify man shot by officers, KOIN.com – May 14, 2010

Otis family statement, KOIN.com – May 14, 2010

Parents: Man Shot By Police Had Mood Disorder, KPTV.com – May 14, 2010

Police Identify Man Fatally Shot By Police, KPTV.com – May 14, 2010

Shot and Killed by Gang Enforcement — But Not a Gangster? The Skanner – May 14, 2010

Police traffic stop in Northeast Portland quickly turned deadly, The Oregonian – May 13, 2010

New Portland police chief details Wednesday evening’s police-involved shooting, The Oregonian – May 13, 2010

Adams and Reese Debut: Details Still Sketchy on Cop Shooting, Willamette Week – May 13, 2010

New Police Commissioner Gets First New Challenge (UPDATED with Adams comments this morning), Willamette Week – May 13, 2010

Witness Account of Police Shooting: “One Shot was Fired and Then a Whole Shit Ton of Shots were Fired,” Portland Mercury – May 13, 2010

Video captures deadly police shooting (Contains graphic language), KGW.com – May 13, 2010

Protesters surround N.E. Portland crime scene, The Oregonian – May 12, 2010

Portland officer wounded in a shootout that leaves a suspect dead, The Oregonian – May 12, 2010

What We Know About Tonight’s Shootings, Portland Mercury – May 12, 2010

Injured Officer Identified In Fatal Shooting, KPTV.com – May 12, 2010

VIDEODispatch calls detail deadly Keaton Otis shooting, KGW.com

VIDEOMan Dead, Officer Shot In NE Portland Traffic Stop, KPTV.com

VIDEOInjured Officer Recovering After NE Portland Shooting, KPTV.com

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