From Beanbags to Bullets to Trial

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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