PORTLAND -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson was in Portland on Monday and took time to discuss recent police shootings, just one week after an officer shot and killed a homeless man.
We ve just become much too violent, and we must go another way, Rev. Jackson said. This rash of police shootings is marring the image of the city and jeopardizing so many people.
The civil rights leader's visit to Portland was scheduled before the shootings, but he used part of his time in town to address the public's concerns.
Obviously, something must happen, but we must go beyond the shooting, look at the make-up of the police department, vertically and horizontally, and the fire department. All agencies of government should reflect the citizens of the population, Jackson said.
Jackson spoke to students at SEI or Self-Enhancement Charter school Monday morning. He said his message was one of hope and encouraged kids to stay focused and dream big.
Jackson's last visit to Portland was in February. He met with the mayor and other city leaders after an officer shot and killed Aaron Campbell, who was unarmed. The officer who shot Campbell was later cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury and returned to work.
Jackson brought a national perspective to Portland following the Campbell shooting and called for a Department of Justice investigation, which was under way. More: Jackson reacts to Campbell shooting
The latest planned visit from Jackson comes one week after a Portland officer shot and killed a homeless man who police said refused to drop a knife. More: Officer kills homeless man
Members of the Albina Ministerial Alliance planned to meet with Jackson Monday. The group has been a vocal critic of the police in previous fatal officer-involved shootings.
He arrived in Portland Sunday night. More: See Jackson's complete Portland schedule