by Elizabeth Miller
June 12, 2020
It’s been almost two years since Portland State University police officers shot and killed Jason Washington, a Black man, on campus.
Amid protests nationwide in support of Black lives and against police brutality, hundreds stood in support of the Washington family Friday in their yearslong call to disarm PSU’s police.
“We’re here not only for Jason, but for every single person who’s ever endured police violence and who will in the future,” said Washington’s widow, Michelle. “We’re here for every family that’s been torn apart and silenced in this process, and we need to stand together to say enough is enough. We will not let this happen again.”
One by one, Washington’s family, members of PSU faculty, alumni, and the Portland African American Leadership Forum stood on the steps of the campus public safety office and addressed the ramifications of a 2014 decision to arm campus officers.