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Brian Penton, 29
Portland, Oregon
May 31, 1998

Last updated: 4 months ago

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On Sunday, May 31, Brian Penton, a healthy twenty-nine-year-old black man, died after being pepper sprayed and restrained by the Portland police.

According to the June 2, 1998 Oregonian, Penton, who was visiting Portland from Tacoma, ran down the street in Northeast Portland after a traffic accident, taking off his clothes as he ran. He eventually got on top of a police car, was pepper sprayed by as many as three officers, then came down and was handcuffed. He ran away from the scene, handcuffed and dripping with sweat, and the police apparently tackled him, sat on his arms and legs, and then hogtied him. Shortly after he was restrained this way, he died.