Bend, Oregon- TikTok user @josiestansfied has been spreading the word about Ian Cranston who has been arrested and charged for the murder of unarmed black man, Barry Washington Jr. on September 19, 2021.
As mentioned above, Washington was unarmed at the time of his death. Cranston, the accused shooter, is white. The shooting sparked outrage among racial justice advocates in Bend, a city where more than 90% of residents are white, and gun violence in the downtown area is rare.
Allegedly the night of the murder was the first time the victim and accused had ever came in contact with each other, when Washington approached Cranston’s girlfriend, Allison Butler and complimented her. Based on security cameras, the altercation culminated in a fight on the sidewalk outside the bar, with shoving and punches thrown.
Butler released a cellphone video of the fight to a local media outlet this week. The shaky footage shows just a few seconds of shoving between Washington and another person (Cranston) before the fatal gunshot, and he falls back. The recording goes on for nearly a minute after Washington is on the ground. Butler appears to walk away and talk to bystanders. Cranston tried to render aid and applied pressure to the wound, says District Attorney Hummel.
“Our country has a disgraceful history of denigrating, prosecuting and lynching Black men for talking to white women. Over the last week, literally hundreds of people called and emailed me to remind me of this history,” “There’s a reckoning with race that needs to happen in Central Oregon, and it needs to happen now.”~ District Attorney (Deschutes County) John Hummel
Bend Police officers who responded to the scene have been criticized by Washington’s family for initially arresting Cranston on a single charge of second degree manslaughter. Cranston posted bail on that charge and was released from jail in less than 24 hours.
Police arrested Ian Cranston at his home in Redmond on Thursday evening, soon after a Deschutes County grand jury returned an indictment on six charges: second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, second degree manslaughter, first degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a deadly weapon.
Cranston is scheduled to be in court on October 5th and currently has no chance of bailing out of the County Jail.
“He was a nerd, there’s no other way to put it. He liked to play Pokémon. He played Nintendo every day,”
“I told him it would be a safe environment up here. But, that was obviously a lie.”~ Max Petersen (longtime friend/ roommate)