Justice For Quanice Hayes

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Justice For Quanice Hayes
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Justice For Quanice Hayes says
On the morning of February 9th, Quanice Derrick Hayes was shot and killed by the Portland Police Bureau. Quanice was a black 17 year-old with a BB gun who police say matched the description of a robbery suspect. The police have not provided information as to why shots were fired and are withholding information further while there is an ongoing investigation. Although details remain unclear, it seems as though the toy was never pointed at an officer and was only found near him after the shooting. We must stand up against this unjust killing of a black child at the hands of an oppressive police force.

Quanice Hayes, nicknamed “Moose”, was the oldest of five children. He spent his time looking out for his younger siblings, playing basketball and making those around him laugh. He has been described as “the light of the family”.

We will rally and march a week after Quanice’s death to honor him and hold the Portland Police Bureau accountable. Officer Andrew Hearst, who shot Quanice, killed an unarmed mentally ill man just a few years earlier. We demand that Hearst be removed from his position and brought to justice. We call on the Portland Police Bureau to release all information regarding the shooting and end their continued practice of killing and targeting people of color. We will be rallying in the park blocks outside of PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union at 5:30.

This event is being organized with the permission of family members and friends. On the request of the family, we ask that this be a peaceful demonstration.
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By: Portland Student Action Network