FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Facial Recognition

Ask The Expert

Roger Rodriguez

Manager of Image Analytics

Roger served over 20 years with the NYPD, where he spearheaded the NYPD’s first dedicated facial recognition unit. The unit has conducted more than 8,500 facial recognition investigations, with over 3,000 possible matches and approximately 2,000 arrests. Roger’s enhancement techniques are now recognized worldwide and have changed law enforcement’s approach to the utilization of facial recognition technology.

Top News

Video: Portland Police Deploy TASER at Armed Man in Market

November 19, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Portland Police Deploy TASER at Armed Man in Market

Portland police said they fired multiple TASER shots at a 47-year-old man who was spotted shoplifting and then grabbed knives from a display rack in an aisle of a Whole Foods Store early Friday, reports The Oregonian.

A witness videotaped part of the encounter and posted it on YouTube. Police released it Monday.

Officers can be heard yelling, "Drop the knife! Get down on your knees!''

In a news release, Portland police said a sergeant recognized the man armed with the knives as the subject of earlier calls who suffers from a mental illness.

The sergeant fired his TASER at him after he refused commands to drop the knives. The man, according to police, dropped to the ground and dropped the knives. But the man continued to struggle immediately afterward, prompting three more TASER ECD cycles, and again as police walked him to a waiting cruiser.


Comments (4)

Displaying 1 - 4 of 4

bob retired leo @ 11/19/2013 8:16 PM

The job the Officer's did was exemplary. I was specially trained to deal with Mental Health issues when responding to what they called EDP's, (emotionally disturbed persons). They got him into custody without deadly force and without injury to personnel. The EDP"s, after you get them on their meds and calm them down, always apologized later for their actions, explaining they were sick. I would follow up on them to see they were taking meds or of they needed help after being released. When I retired a lot of them came to say goodbye and how much they appreciated our unit and our concern.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/20/2013 12:48 AM

With all the "mentally ill" related shootings lately I applaud Portland's restraint.

Trigger @ 11/20/2013 4:10 AM

Great takedown. My only concern is the officer behind the suspect, if bullets started to fly he could be in trouble.

Lt Dan @ 11/20/2013 5:40 AM

First, 21 feet is the necessary reactionary gap from a knife wielding offender. If they had more than 7 yards, it wasn't much more. Second, EDP or not, escalation of force rules say use one level higher. That would be deadly force. Woe be unto the next Portland area officer who uses deadly force on an EDP with a knife, the question will now be, "Why didn't you use a taser?" And yes, I have dealt with armed EDP's with 1. a pick axe, 2. broken glass from a window, 3. a crow bar, and 4. scissors. None were tasered or maced and all were arrested with NO INJURY. The fellow with a 2X4 got maced and popped on his common peroneal. Point being, the PIO failed to indicate, WE WERE JUSTIFIED IN USING DEADLY FORCE BUT DIDN"T HAVE TO THIS TIME in his level of force chat. Great job by the guys on the scene.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

AZ Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Thursday Gunfight
A police officer was wounded and a man was killed in an exchange of gunfire Thursday...
2 Arrested, School Closed After Clown Threats in Ohio
Two people were arrested and some Ohio schools were closed Friday amid a rash of reported...
AZ Officer Shot after Vehicle Pursuit, Saved by Vest
The officer tried to make another stop and began pursuing the vehicle until the driver...
CA Governor Signs Law Requiring Officers to Lock Guns in Vehicles
Law-enforcement officers and private gun owners will be required to lock up their firearms...
Tulsa Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter Charge
A Tulsa, OK, Police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine