PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Family and friends of Quanice Hayes, who was fatally shot by a Portland police officer on Feb. 9, 2017, held a protest outside the East Precinct for the anniversary of his death.
People gathered around 3 p.m. Saturday with signs and a microphone for anyone who wanted to speak. They wanted to get officers to come outside and hear them out and take accountability.
The officer who shot Hayes said it appeared the teen was reaching for his waistband and a fake replica gun was found near his body.
A grand jury ruled the shooting justified, but Hayes’ family believes he had fallen to his knees and was not a threat when he was killed.
“I just want people to know that he was a real kid,” Quanice’s uncle Terrence Hayes said. “17 years old and he was murdered on his knees and anytime someone was shot on their knees, it’s murder.”
The family announced intent to sue the city over the shooting earlier this week.