Portland State University campus police to be fully unarmed by September

By: | June 14, 2021

Portland State University said Friday its police officers will start patrolling campus unarmed by Sept. 1.

The university had said it would make that change in 2020, but it was unable to meet that goal. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

The initial announcement of disarming officers on PSU’s campus came about two years after university police fatally shot Jason Washington, a Black man who was reportedly attempting to break up a fight.

Portland State University President Stephen Percy wrote in a message to the campus community that Campus Public Safety Chief Willie Halliburton has committed to beginning unarmed campus patrols before the start of the fall term.

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