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Q&A: DOJ Critical Of Portland Police Over Use Of Force

The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that the Portland Police Bureau has "engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force against people with mental illness."

Modified: Sept. 13, 2012

Portland Mayor Wants To Appeal Ruling That Police Must Reinstate Officer

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.

Modified: Sept. 24, 2012

Activists: Portland Needs More Discretion To Fire Police

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.

Modified: Sept. 25, 2012

Q&A: Protesters Gather In Response To Frashour Ruling

More than one hundred people marched around Portland City Hall Monday to protest a state arbitrator's ruling on police officer Ron Frashour.

Modified: April 2, 2012

Martin Shooting Continues To Resonate

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.

Modified: April 1, 2012

Ruling Says Officer Shouldn't Have Been Fired

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.

Modified: March 30, 2012

Mayor Will Not Follow Arbitrator's Order To Reinstate Frashour

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.

Modified: April 12, 2012

Police Policies Are Key Issue In Race For Portland Mayor

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.

Modified: May 3, 2012

Portland Auditor Agrees To Review Police Shooting Case

Portland's Auditor has agreed to look at testimony related to the case of a man killed in a standoff with Portland police.

Modified: June 8, 2012

Audit Reviews 7 Portland Officer-Involved Shootings

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. 

Modified: May 30, 2012

City Settles Aaron Campbell Lawsuit For $1.2 Million

The City of Portland has settled a lawsuit with the family of a man who was shot to death by police two years ago.

Modified: Feb. 1, 2012

Family And Friends Of Aaron Campbell Gather For Memorial

Family and friends of a Portland man shot by police one year ago gathered in his memory  Saturday night.

Modified: Jan. 29, 2011

Police Shootings Impact Lives Long After The Case Is Closed

Several high-profile police shootings have happened in Portland over the last few years. This week, the city took action in one of them -- officer Ron Frashour was fired for killing Aaron Campbell in January.

Modified: Nov. 18, 2010

Officer's Firing Puts New Focus On Grand Jury Testimony

Portland's mayor Sam Adams fired officer Ron Frashour Tuesday and put three other officers on unpaid suspension --  for their actions in the death of Aaron Campbell. Campbell was shot by police in January. Adams says the four officers didn't follow police policies that night.

Modified: Nov. 17, 2010

Reactions Varied To Firing Of Officer In Campbell Case

Portland's mayor and police chief Tuesday fired the officer who shot Aaron Campbell. The unarmed man died in January.

Modified: Nov. 16, 2010

Portland Police Chief Fires Officer In Aaron Campbell Case

Portland's police chief is firing Ron Frashour, the officer who shot Aaron Campbell earlier this year.

Modified: Nov. 16, 2010

Campbell Estate Files Suit Against Portland And Police Officers

The estate of Aaron Campbell filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Portland and four police officers.

Modified: Nov. 3, 2010

Mayor, Police Chief Propose Disciplinary Actions In Campbell Case

Portland's police chief and mayor have proposed disciplinary actions to the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell.

Modified: Sept. 15, 2010

Police Review Panel Completes Probe Of Aaron Campbell Shooting

A police review panel has finished its investigation into the shooting death of Aaron Campbell during a standoff with Portland police last January.

Modified: Aug. 31, 2010

Portland Clergy Group Seeks More Information On Otis Shooting

A group of Portland clergy members are calling for more information on the shooting of a young man last week.

Modified: May 17, 2010

Portland Police Announce Changes In Wake Of Campbell Case

The Portland Police announced big changes Friday in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed suicidal man two weeks ago.

Modified: Feb. 12, 2010

Grand Jury's Letter May Increase Pressure To Release Transcripts

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.

Modified: Feb. 11, 2010

Grand Jury Releases 'Explanatory' Letter In Campbell Shooting Case

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.

Modified: Feb. 11, 2010

Protesters Call For Public Inquiry Into Police Shooting

More than one hundred protesters gathered in downtown Portland Thursday to call for a public inquiry into the police shooting of an unarmed man.

Modified: Feb. 11, 2010

Multnomah DA To Request Transcript In Shooting Of Aaron Campbell

Multnomah County's district attorney said Wednesday that he would ask a judge to release a complete transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the case of Aaron Campbell, who was shot by Portland police last month.

Modified: Feb. 11, 2010

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Reaction to Frashour Reinstatement Ruling

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. 

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Sept. 25, 2012

Reinstating Frashour

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: April 2, 2012

The Reality of Guns

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Feb. 1, 2011

One Year Later: Aaron Campbell

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Jan. 31, 2011

Frashour Fired

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Nov. 17, 2010

Homeless Man Shot to Death by Portland Police

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.]

radio - SegmentarticleModified: March 24, 2010

Police Oversight

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: March 17, 2010

Questioning Police Policy

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Feb. 12, 2010

Chief Sizer Speaks

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.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Feb. 23, 2010

Can You Trust Law Enforcement?

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?

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Feb. 18, 2010

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