PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The police department in Maine’s largest city is now sending officers in pairs to certain neighborhoods because of hard feelings caused by the shooting of a Sudanese immigrant.

Portland Police Chief James Craig says young people have hurled projectiles and have taunted police by calling them “killers” following the fatal shooting of David Okot on April 25. Police say they shot Okot after he reached for a gun in the waistband of his pants.

Craig tells the Portland Press Herald that he has met local Sudanese leaders but he’s having less luck reaching out to the young people holding the greatest animosity.

Relatives of Okot have filed a notice of claim, saying they intend to bring a $600,000 wrongful death lawsuit. The police department received the notice Monday.


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