Kendra James, 21

Portland, Oregon
May 03, 2003

Agencies: Portland Police Bureau Oregon

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 4 years ago


21-year-old Kendra Sarie James was shot and killed by Portland Officer Scott McCollister when she attempted to flee a traffic stop for a minor violation. Portland police initally said it appeared the car had run over the officer's foot but he did not receive medical attention at the scene or at Northeast Precinct. Police repeatedly refused to identify the alleged traffic violation that caused them to stop James and two companions in the car.

Police had taken the driver out of the car and was checking his identity when they saw James slide into the Chevrolet’s driver’s seat. Both officers, while standing on the driver’s side of the car, struggled with James to stop her from driving away. One of them fired a taser gun at her to subdue her. McCollister fired a single round from his 9 mm service pistol at James.

James was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, where she was pronounced dead from a single chest wound.

Community and Family Efforts


May 2013 Ten year rememberance rally

May 2015 protest #SayHerName

July 2015 African Funeral rememberance

Family and friends are currently raising money to pay for a headstone for James' grave.

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