Remember the Portland Police officer who accidentally loaded live shotgun
rounds into his beanbag shotgun then shot a man several times? It happened
in SW Portland this last summer. Well, a Multnomah County grand jury decided
Dane Reister should be held accountable for his mistakes. After hearing
testimony from dozens of witnesses, the grand jury voted to indict Reister
on third-degree assault, which is a felony, and fourth-degree assault,
a misdemeanor. Reister will also be charged with “negligent wounding,”
which is typically only used in hunting cases.
Reister has been with the Portland Police for 15 years. He apparently did
not realize he had loaded live shotgun rounds until after he shot and
and hit the assailant, William Kyle Monroe, two times. This wasn’t
the first time Reister made the mistake of incorrectly loading a weapon.In
2006, during a training session, Reister mistakenly loaded and fired a
live smoke round when he shouldn’t have. For that error Reister
received a letter of reprimand.
Reister has been on paid leave since the June shooting. This is the first
time in the county that a grand jury has voted to indict a police officer
for using force while on duty. Monroe is still recovering from his injuries
and may not regain normal walking abilities.
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