PORTLAND OREGON(September 26, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A crowd of about 50 people attended the vigil, about three blocks away from where Washington, 45, was fatally shot by two Portland State officers. The crowd, which included Washington’s wife, brother and daughters, called on the school to no longer allow campus officers to carry guns. Members of the student union have erected tents near the campus safety office entrance in protest.
A march and rally for Washington was held earlier in the day. The events have been organized by the Portland State student union.
Campus police officers James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie fatally shot Washington, a U.S. postal worker from Portland, while witnesses say he tried to break up a fight involving one of his friends outside the Cheerful Tortoise, a bar near campus, on June 29.
Washington fell at one point, got up and was holding the friend’s handgun that had been holstered to Washington’s hip before the fall and was shot after Officers James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie ordered him to drop it.