City may appeal ruling in Aaron Campbell shooting case

A state arbitrator has ruled that Portland police Officer Ron Frashour should be reinstated after being fired for the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell.

The arbitrator reversed Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese and determined that Frashour was entitled to back wages.

Frashour was fired for shooting Campbell in the back after a lengthy police standoff at a North Portland apartment complex in January 2010. Campbell was unarmed but had previously been reported as having a handgun in his possession.

In February the city agreed to pay Campbell's family $1.2 million to settle a federal wrongful death lawsuit against it.

Mayor Sam Adams, who oversees the Portland Police Bureau, said the city is deciding whether to appeal the decision. Adams said he had spoken to Campbell's family and expressed his disappointment with the ruling.

The Portland Police Association that represents rank and file bureau employees praised the decision.

"The Portland Police Association cannot allow Portland Police Officers to face termination and substantial discipline for doing their jobs correctly. If that occurs, public safety would be deeply comprised," the union said in a prepared statement.

The shooting contributed to a decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a civil right investigation into the relationship between the police and minorities in Portland. Local civil rights activists say they will protest the ruling on Monday.

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