The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that Portland must rehire a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in the back.
About 50 people protested the reinstatement Thursday at City Hall.
City officials fired Ron Frashour after the 2010 shooting, concluding Aaron Campbell didn’t pose an immediate threat of death or physical injury. But an arbitrator and the Oregon Employment Relations Board ruled in 2012 that the city had to reinstate him. The court of appeals upheld the decision Wednesday.
Mayor Charlie Hales said he’s disappointed with the Appeals Court decision, calling it “regrettable.”
“I am disappointed the court blocked the City’s efforts to terminate an officer who used force inappropriately,” Mayor Hales said. “The City of Portland takes use-of-force seriously, and demands that it be employed judiciously. Portland Police Bureau training emphasizes de-escalation, and while the vast majority of our officers perform exceptionally well, incidents like the tragic death of Aaron Campbell undermine that success.
*Originally published on Portland Occupier.