Family of teen fatally shot by Portland police plans to sue

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of an Oregon teenager who was fatally shot by a Portland police officer a year ago has sent notice of intent to sue the city.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the family of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes sent notice Wednesday of a pending wrongful death lawsuit to be filed in federal court for the February 2017 shooting.

The family’s attorney Jesse Merrithew says the family believes the city’s police have a pattern of killing unarmed young black people and refuses for Hayes’ death to go unanswered.

According to a grand jury transcript, Officer Andrew Hearst shot Hayes three times after he appeared to reach toward his waistband as police were trying to arrest him. A grand jury declined to indict the officer on criminal charges.