It's looking more and more like three Portland cops shot an unarmed man Sunday night—the still-missing "gun" parroted in early media reports is likely just black plastic—and now Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and Mayor Charlie Hales are planning an extensive press event tonight where they'll provide photos and video showing more of what happened outside Portland Adventist Hospital.
It's set for 5:30 tonight, in time for the top of the evening newscasts. Here's the release the bureau and mayor's office sent out:
Today, Wednesday February 20, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be holding news conference to release updated information about Sunday's officer-involved shooting at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
The news conference will be held in the conference room outside the Chief's Office on the 15th floor of the Justice Center. This is a small room so interested media is asked to plan accordingly.
The news conference is expected to last no more than 30 minutes and will include an audio and a video presentation.
Links and photographs being shared at the news conference will be released to the public at 5:30 p.m.
Expected to speak at the news conference are Mayor Charlie Hales, Chief Mike Reese and other Portland Police Bureau personnel.
There's also been a lot of talk about Merle Hatch's status as a career criminal and federal prisoner who never showed up, like he was supposed to, at a halfway house in Colorado. Or as a suspect in a bank robbery in Clackamas County. That's all true. But let's remember: No one knew any of that on Sunday when he died. Back then, he was an emergency room patient without ID. Or, apparently, a gun.