Portland City Council has unanimously voted to pursue an appeal concerning Officer Ron Frashour. He was fired after he shot an unarmed black man in 2010. That personnel decision is at the center of a lengthy battle between the city and the union representing Portland Police.
Recently the state Employee Relations Board found that Frashour should keep his job, according to work rules and the city’s contract with the union. City Attorney Jim Van Dyke told Commissioners Thursday the issues at stake have never been interpreted by the Court of Appeals or the state Supreme Court.
Van Dyke said, “We think it’s important, not only as a matter in this case, but as a matter of general policy, to get this matter before the Oregon Courts.”
Dr. LeRoy Haynes, representing the Albina Ministerial Alliance, also encouraged the appeal. He said the public might perceive the police bureau as a “paramilitary organization” if the city cannot enforce personnel decisions.
Daryl Turner, head of the Portland Police Association, says the city has acknowledged its chances of success on appeal may be slim. Turner says he hopes the city understands it has to follow its own laws