$11M lawsuit filed in Portland police shooting

Portland police officer Dane Reister in an undated, file photo
Portland police officer Dane Reister in an undated, file photo (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — William Monroe, wounded by a Portland police officer in June 2011, filed an $11 million federal lawsuit for false arrest, assault and negligence.

Monroe was shot by Officer Dane Reister in the incident. Reister thought his shotgun was loaded with bean bag shells but real shotgun shells were loaded.

A bean bag shotgun shell (Undated, file photo)
A bean bag shotgun shell (Undated, file photo)

Monroe’s lawyers claim his civil rights were violated in the case, and he also wants Reister fired. The officer remains on paid leave.

Monroe, who was 20 at the time of the shooting, survived but is permanently disabled, his lawyer said.

After the shooting, then-Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese admitted the shooting was a tragic mistake. It lead to policy changes in how officers store their lethal and non-lethal ammunition.

The Portland Police Bureau had no comment on the lawsuit.

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