Arbitrator: reinstate fired Portland officer
Friday, March 30, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon arbitrator says a Portland police officer fired after fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back should get his job back.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/qdwrBJ) that the police union's challenge of Officer Ronald Frashour's November 2010 termination largely rested on the testimony of police training instructors. They said Frashour followed his training when he used deadly force against Aaron Campbell on Jan. 29, 2010.
Campbell was distraught over his brother's death when he emerged from a Portland apartment, with his back toward officers and his hands behind his head. One officer fired six bean bag rounds at the man. Campbell ran toward a parked car. Frashour fired a single rifle shot, killing Campbell.
Police Chief Mike Reese said it was unreasonable for Frashour to believe that Campbell posed an "immediate threat" of death or serious injury. However, arbitrator Jane Wilkinson ruled Friday that the city didn't prove just cause to terminate the officer.
Mayor Sam Adams says the city is reviewing its options.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com