October 21, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Following a public records release request filed by two media outlets, our Department today released the in-car video depicting the August 30th Oregon State Police-involved shooting off Highway 20 between Sisters and Bend in Deschutes County. The shooting incident ended with the death of an armed suspect from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and personally impacted many others.
The release of in-car 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 including the law enforcement officers and the deceased's family. In this specific case, a copy of the video was provided to out-of-state family representatives after we extended an invitation to view the video prior to its public release.
The following news release has background details related to the incident:
The following news release was sent after the Deschutes County District Attorney ruled the 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. The request for a copy of the in-car video must be submitted as a public record request for which information on how to submit a request is available via this link to our website http://www.oregon.gov/osp/PRR/pages/prr_forms.aspx
Note: No electronic copies will be made available.
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.
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