October 3, 2013
On October 3, 2013, following a public records release request filed by an Oregon newspaper, our Department released the dramatic in-car video depicting the August 29th trooper-involved shooting on Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction. The shooting ended with the trooper’s wounding, the death of the suspect who shot at the trooper, and many others personally impacted.
The release of videos, such as this video, isn’t an easy decision. The ultimate decision in these matters takes into account Oregon public record disclosure statutes for which we seek guidance from our legal counsel to determine if we are required to release documents, video, and other records. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes as we make decisions on each public record request. We also want to be sensitive to the impact these releases have on those directly involved. In this specific case, family representatives accepted our invitation to view the video prior to its release following media requests.
The following news release has background details related to the incident:
The following news release was sent after the Sherman County District Attorney ruled the trooper’s use of deadly force was justified:
Any requests for the in-car video related to this incident will be considered only after our Department receives a public record request submitted through our formal record request process.
Law enforcement use-of-force encounters and understanding the process used to investigate them are important to those interested. To provide educational outreach to local communities, the Lane County District Attorney’s Office with the assistance of local and state law enforcement, and national and regional experts, produced a 17-minute video that provides important details regarding officer-involved shootings and the investigative process.
The video, called "Hollywood vs. Reality: Officer-Involved Shootings", includes a series of segments designed to explore common myths and misconceptions, most of which are addressed by national and regional experts. The video produced in 2011 provides useful background for reporters and the public, and can be viewed on this link: http://bit.ly/q0V69v.