Cop Back on Job After Shooting Child with Beanbag Gun

POSTED: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 11:11am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

Officer Christopher Humphreys will return to the Portland Police force in an administrative role, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into his decision to shoot a 12-year-old girl at close range with a beanbag gun earlier this month, according to a press release from the Police Bureau.

Chief Rosie Sizer and Commissioner Dan Saltzman issued the statement Monday afternoon, just before the city's police union was scheduled to release the results of a no-confidence vote officers took via mail-in ballot last week.

Shortly after Humprheys' reinstatement, the Portland Police Association announced that it would not release results of the no-confidence vote.

“Chief Sizer and Commissioner Dan Saltzman have pledged more direct interaction, more conversation, and more frequent contact with the officers of the Portland Police Bureau,” said union President Scott Westerman. “And the PPA has pledged more interaction, conversation and outreach with the community. It is my sincere hope that these measures will lead to greater understanding and trust among residents, officers and the Bureau’s leadership.” Read Police Union statement.

Humphreys was placed on paid leave following an incident in early November during which police officers forcibly restrained a 12-year-old girl who was resisting officers. Humphreys shot the girl with a beanbag gun.

The girl, who had allegedly violated a TriMet expulsion order, was hospitalized from the shooting.

On Nov. 19 Sizer called the incident "troubling," while Saltzman said Humphreys' actions "are not consistent with my expectations and what I believe are the community's expectations for a Portland Police Officer."