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.
Have you been following the Aaron Campbell case? Is this justice? What are the short term or long term implications of the chief’s actions? If you have been involved in protesting police actions — in Portland or elsewhere — are you satisfied with this result? If you’re involved in law enforcement, what message do you think the disciplinary actions send?