Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, issued a statement Thursday saying he will not follow a state arbitrator’s order that he reinstate former police officer Ron Frashour.
Adams and police chief, Mike Reese, fired Frashour in 2010, after he shot and killed Aaron Campbell. Police had been called to check on Campbell’s welfare, because he was distraught over the death of his brother. He was unarmed.
Mayor Adams says police bureau training requires officers to use restraint when checking on someone’s well being, and he believes Frashour did not follow that training.
Adams says he consulted the city attorney before making a decision. He says he was advised that he has sufficient legal grounds to challenge the arbitrator.
The mayor says if the police union challenges his decision not to reinstate Frashour, he’ll request that the Employment Relations Board expedite its decision-making.
An arbitrator ruled last month that the city should reinstate Frashour with lost wages. Police training instructors testified at arbitration hearings that Frashour followed his training when he used deadly force against the distraught 25-year-old man on Jan. 29, 2010.
Officer Daryl Turner heads the Portland police union. He says the union plans a legal challenge of Adams’ decision.
The two sides will likely meet next before the state Employment Relations Board.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Video of the press conference provided by the Mayor’s office via his website.