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Oct. 11, 2013
More than one hundred people marched around Portland City Hall Monday to protest a state arbitrator's ruling on police officer Ron Frashour.
April 2, 2012
About a hundred activists braved soaking rain for a rally in memory of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Activists wanted to make a connection between Martin's death, and the shooting of a young Portland man at the hands of a police officer.
April 1, 2012
An independent arbitrator has ruled that the city of Portland should not have fired the officer held responsible for the shooting two years ago of an unarmed black man.
March 30, 2012
A new poll by OPB and Fox 12 shows Portland's mayoral race is a very close contest with many voters are still undecided. One of the key policy questions voters frequently ask is how candidates would handle policing.
May 3, 2012
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.
April 12, 2012
Portland's Auditor has agreed to look at testimony related to the case of a man killed in a standoff with Portland police.
June 8, 2012
The Portland Auditor's Independent Police Review Division released a report Wednesday looking at seven officer-involved shootings between 2004 and 2010. The division found the police bureau is making policy changes as a result of some of those shootings. But the report also made recommendations for more improvements.
May 30, 2012
The mother of Aaron Campbell has explained why she agreed to settle her case against the Portland Police Bureau.
Feb. 8, 2012
The City of Portland has settled a lawsuit with the family of a man who was shot to death by police two years ago.
Feb. 1, 2012
Sept. 13, 2012
Oregon’s Employment Relations Board has ordered the reinstatement of a Portland Police officer who was fired over his shooting of an unarmed man in early 2010. Mayor Sam Adams said he wants the city to appeal.
Sept. 24, 2012
Oct. 20, 2012
Activists who oppose the rehiring of Ron Frashour as a Portland police officer say the city's police union agreement should be renegotiated to allow more discretion in the firing of officers. Officer Frashour was fired for shooting Aaron Campbell in 2010.
Sept. 25, 2012
Multnomah County released a transcript Thursday of the grand jury testimony in the shooting of Aaron Campbell.
Feb. 19, 2010
Ron Frashour has been identified as the officer who shot Aaron Campbell to death last month.
Feb. 18, 2010
Multnomah County judge will take the unprecedented step of releasing a grand jury transcript probing the shooting death of Aaron Campbell by a police officer.
Feb. 18, 2010
The documents aren't immediately available because it's taking time to transcribe all the audio.
Feb. 17, 2010
The Reverend Jesse Jackson, visiting Portland, says he has asked the federal government to look into the police shooting of Aaron Campbell.
Feb. 17, 2010
At a previously scheduled appearance in Eugene, Jackson said he wants the federal government to step into the case.
Feb. 16, 2010
Portland's police chief released the investigation Tuesday, that detectives conducted into the police shooting death of Aaron Campbell.
Feb. 16, 2010
The Portland Police announced big changes Friday in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed suicidal man two weeks ago.
Feb. 12, 2010
It's been a busy Thursday on the Aaron Campbell case. It's the case in which Portland Police Officer, Ronald Frashour, shot and killed Campbell last month.
Feb. 11, 2010
The grand jury that looked into the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Portland, took the unusual step of releasing an explanatory letter Thursday.
Feb. 11, 2010
More than one hundred protesters gathered in downtown Portland Thursday to call for a public inquiry into the police shooting of an unarmed man.
Feb. 11, 2010
Dec. 5, 2013
A state arbitrator has ruled to reinstate Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour, who fatally shot Aaron Campbell two years ago. The ruling sides with the Portland police union, which pushed for Frashour's reinstatement to his former job and said the officer was entitled to the wages he lost during the time of his absence. Officer Frashour was fired after fatally shooting Aaron Campbell, an unarmed 25-year-old African-American man outside a Northeast Portland apartment in January 2010.
Reinstating Frashour - April 2, 2012
Portland Mayor Sam Adams said he will appeal a ruling that says he must reinstate Portland police officer Ronald Frashour. The PPB officer was terminated after he fatally shot Aaron Campbell in 2010. This ruling upholds another ruling earlier in the year that said Frashour should be given his job back. In a separate action, the family of Aaron Campbell filed a civil lawsuit against the city, which was settled for $1.2 million.
Reaction to Frashour Reinstatement Ruling - Sept. 25, 2012
Last week we discussed the shooting death of Aaron Campbell at the hands of the Portland police. But the Skanner newspaper has taken the discussion to a new level — one that we want to pick up on, with thanks to them. Here's an excerpt from their recent editorial: The fact is, we at The Skanner News simply have to warn our readers away from calling the police when they are in a crisis situation. We cannot have faith that innocents won't get caught in the firing line when trigger-finger officers arrive in force. We need to start solving our own problems. There is a sense in the community of desperation at this situation never seems to change because there are no consequences to the officers who do the shooting. We should be more like our Asian brothers and sisters and solve our own problems. We as adults need to talk to these young men to de-escalate the situation ourselves. ... if you are in crisis in Portland, think twice before you bring in law enforcement. James Chasse, Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot, Damon Lowery, Duane Anthony Shaw, Byron Hammick, Deonte Keller. What do all these people have in common? All were killed at the hands of the police. Think twice. What do you think?
Can You Trust Law Enforcement? - Feb. 18, 2010
On Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Ronald Frashour for fatally shooting Aaron Campbell in January. But they submitted what amounts to a damning (if unofficial) indictment of Portland Police Bureau policy in a letter (pdf) to Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk that was released today: We know that somethng went terribly, terribly wrong at Sand Terrace and that Aaron Campbell should not have died that day. He was not accused of a crime. He police were called to do a "welfare check" because Mr. Campbell was distraught over his brother's death and family members were worried about him. We feel that his death resulted from flawed police policies, incomplete or inappropriate training, incomplete communication, and other issues with the police effort. We feel strongly that something must be done to correct this, and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) should be held responsible for this tragedy.... We also feel that the recorded Grand Jury testimony should be made public — in particular, that of Officer Frashour. By bringing information to the public, perhaps others will come to understand why there is no indictment. With understanding and a plan for correction, perhaps the community unrest over this case will ease; perhaps the healing process can begin.
Questioning Police Policy - Feb. 12, 2010
A homeless man was shot to death by a Portland Police officer on Monday afternoon. Now the details are starting to come out and the community is reacting to what is now the second shooting by Portland Police this year. Here's what we know right now: Portland Police were called when a transient man was harassing and threatening people at Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park. When the officer arrived the man came out of the bathroom with a significant amount of blood on him and with self-inflicted cuts on his neck. The state medical examiner says this suggests he may have been trying to kill himself. He came out of the bathroom holding a knife, which Chief Rosie Sizer described at a press conference as a razor-like knife similar to an X-Acto knife with a six-inch handle. Sizer said that the police officer, Jason Walters, retreated and asked him to drop the knife. And she said that when the man continued to advance, and didn't drop the knife, Walters shot him four times. The man bled to death at the scene. [Note: this paragraph has been edited to reflect this comment by Jrenaud.]
Homeless Man Shot to Death by Portland Police - March 24, 2010
Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer has been in the spotlight lately over the shooting of Aaron Campbell, but there's a lot more on the Chief's plate than this one incident. She's been focused on difficult issues such as police use of force and racial profiling since she took office in 2006 and she's seen a lot in her career with the Bureau, which spans a quarter of a century. She's not the first female chief Portland has seen, but she is the first in recent memory and perhaps the only one to admit publicly (and proudly) that she's been called "the B-word" more times than she can count.
Chief Sizer Speaks - Feb. 23, 2010
The police shooting death of Aaron Campbell earlier this year touched a nerve that for some was already exposed and raw. The Grand Jury in the case took the unusual step of writing a letter to the District Attorney to explain that their sympathies were with the Campbell family, but that under Oregon law, they could not indict officer Ronald Frashour. They concluded that Aaron Campbell — and Portland — "deserved better". Demands for more police accountability in this case — and others, like James Chasse, who died in police custody in 2006 — have led to a proposal to strengthen the Indepedent Police Review (IPR) process. The proposed changes would replace the current Performance Review and Use of Force Boards with one Police Review Board; they would strengthen the authority of the Independent Police Review in matters investigated by the Bureau; and they would give the IPR the power to initiate its own independent investigations.
Police Oversight - March 17, 2010
The latest deadly force scandal to come out of the Portland Police Bureau was the shooting death of Aaron Campbell in January of this year. Police Chief Mike Reese has just fired Officer Ron Frashour who fired the fatal shot. Reese also suspended three others involved: Officer Ryan Lewton and Sergeants Liani Reyna and John Birkinbine. Reese said in a statement on the Bureau website that he arrived at this decision with Mayor Sam Adams and that now that the disciplinary process has been completed, the Bureau is releasing a number of documents associated with the shooting. Campbell was 25 years old, a father of four, and was unarmed as he came out of a northeast Portland apartment building. Officers were originally called to the scene because Campbell was reportedly suicidal and armed. Although a grand jury did not indict the officers involved, the subsequent community protest led to an unprecedented release of hundreds of pages of grand jury testimony in the case. You can listen to Think Out Loud's past shows about Portland Police here, and read more of OPB's coverage of the Aaron Campbell case here.
Frashour Fired - Nov. 17, 2010
For the last couple of days we've discussed issues with one main thing in common — guns. We were in Waldport on Friday talking about the Lincoln City police officer Steven Dodds who was shot and critically wounded during a traffic stop — and the continuing search for the suspect David Durham. Then on Monday we talked about the one year anniversary of the death of Aaron Campbell, who was shot and killed by Portland police. These stories follow so many others. There was the mass shooting in Arizona early in January, when six people were killed and 12 others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, were injured. That's led to this news today: New York City sent undercover investigators to an Arizona gun show and found instances in which private sellers sold semiautomatic pistols even after buyers said they probably could not pass background checks, city officials said.
The Reality of Guns - Feb. 1, 2011
A year ago, January 29th, Aaron Campbell was shot and killed by Portland police. He was unarmed and mentally distraught — his younger brother had died of heart and kidney failure earlier that day. Campbell's death set off an uproar, especially among Portland's African Americans. Soon after, City Hall was besieged by angry protesters and Reverend Jessie Jackson flew to Portland to demand accountability and reform within the Portland Police Bureau. Central to the debate is the question over the police's use of lethal force. 2010 would see three more police shootings before the year's end, spurring some public perception that Portland officers use excessive force. A group at the forefront of the debate is the Albina Ministerial Alliance, led by Reverend T. Allen Bethel. Among its recommendations for reforming the police bureau, the Alliance called for changes in Oregon law on the use of deadly force by police.
One Year Later: Aaron Campbell - Jan. 31, 2011