Portland DA, Oregon AG to jointly investigate Delgado shooting
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced on Thursday that their offices will jointly investigate the Portland police shooting death of Robert Douglas Delgado.
In the announcement, Schmidt and Rosenblum said they recognize the importance of always maintaining actual and perceived prosecutorial legitimacy and fairness.
Delgado's family had called for an independent prosecutor to be assigned to the case.
Delgado was killed on April 16 in Lents Park by Portland Police Officer Zachary DeLong, an eight-year veteran of the bureau assigned to East Precinct. Police recovered a replica gun. Delgado's family said he was homeless and had struggled with mental health and addiction issues.
DeLong remains on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting as per bureau policy.
The Portland Police Association that represents rank and file bueau employees said it was confident the investigation would clear the involved officers.
"A thorough and objective review of the facts will ultimately lead to the conclusion that Officer DeLong's use of deadly force was justified, and that all officers involved in the incident acted in accordance with the law, Police Bureau policies, and their training," said executive director Daryl Turner.
According to the announcement, Rosenblum will assign an assistant attorney general to work with two Multnomah County deputy district attorneys to oversee the criminal investigation currently being conducted. Additional resources from either the Oregon Department of Justice or the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office may be assigned to this investigation if deemed necessary and appropriate by either Rosenblum or Schmidt.
The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Portland Police Bureau with the assistance of the East County Major Crimes Team.
The announcement said that, when the investigation is concluded, the case will be referred to the prosecution team for legal analysis. It is then expected that a grand jury will be convened to determine whether the officer's use of deadly force was a legal act of self-defense or defense of others under Oregon law. The findings of the grand jury will be made public at the appropriate time.
A previous Portland Tribune story on the incident can be found here.
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