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The City of Portland has settled a lawsuit with the family of a man who was shot to death by police two years ago.
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.
Family and friends of a Portland man shot by police one year ago gathered in his memory Saturday night.
A police review panel has finished its investigation into the shooting death of Aaron Campbell during a standoff with Portland police last January.
Portland's police chief is firing Ron Frashour, the officer who shot Aaron Campbell earlier this year.
Multnomah County released a transcript Thursday of the grand jury testimony in the shooting of Aaron Campbell.
The mother of Aaron Campbell has explained why she agreed to settle her case against the Portland Police Bureau.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson, visiting Portland, says he has asked the federal government to look into the police shooting of Aaron Campbell.
Portland's police chief released the investigation Tuesday, that detectives conducted into the police shooting death of Aaron Campbell.
It's been a couple of weeks since a judge released the transcript of the grand jury hearing into the Aaron Campbell case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
We'll explore the elements and implications of the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the Portland Police Bureau.