Family of man killed by police rallies in NE Portland
A rally and march in Northeast Portland on Saturday demanded justice for a blind, mentally ill man who was killed by police in January.
Members of Andre Gladen's family held a press conference afternoon followed by a march on Northeast Killingsworth to the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct.
"The police that took my son's life," Sylvester Gladen said. "I hope that they have a family that he has to look at every day and pray that they won't be taken out the way my son was."
Gladen, who was 36 when he was shot to death January 6, was legally blind and suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. On that day, Gladen pounded on the door of an apartment at Southeaat 96th and Market.
The resident, Desmond Pescaia, called police.
When Officer Consider Vosu arrived, Pescaia said Gladen started pounding on the door again and trying to get inside. According to report, when Pescaia opened the door, Gladen ran in and pulled out a 6-inch blade. He then charged at Vosu with the knife.
"[The] police officer said 'You need to stop or I'm going to tase you,'" Pescaia told KOIN 6 News that day. Vosu did tase Gladen, but it had no effect.
"The police officer warned him five or six times. He never listened and three gunshots went off," Pescaia said.
A Multnomah County grand jury found Vosu acted in self-defense and cleared him of wrongdoing.
Gladen's family is still looking for answers and asking the city for justice.
"This is not something you can sweep under the rug," Gladen's uncle Junior Floyd said.
"Things are not normal," his sister Donna Martin said. "We shouldn't be afraid for our lives. We shouldn't have to submit or die that shouldn't be an option."
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find their story here.