Board orders police to re-hire officer Frashour

Credit: Courtesy: Campbell family

Aaron Campbell, 25, was shot in the back by a police officer on the day his brother died from complications related to a heart transplant.

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:31 AM

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Employment Relations Board has ordered Portland police to reinstate the officer fired after the shooting of Aaron Campbell in January, 2010.

Mayor Sam Adams said he wants to appeal their decision.

Back in March, a union arbitrator ruled that officer Ronald Frashour should be reinstated and compensated for lost wages.

Frashour fired a rifle at 25-year-old Campbell, hitting him once in the back in the parking lot of a Northeast Portland apartment building.

Background: Officer firing recommended over Campbell shooting

Frashour was fired for unsatisfactory performance and violation of the deadly physical force directive in November, 2010.  He filed a grievance and in late March, arbitrator Jane Wilkinson ruled in his favor, saying he should be reinstated as a police officer.

Click here to read the arbitrator's decision (PDF)

Soon after, Mayor Sam Adams announced he would not re-hire Frashour, even after the ruling. He said said police officers must be held accountable if they fail to follow bureau policies.

The mayor also went on to state that, under Oregon law 243.706(1), he felt the city had sufficient legal grounds to challenge the reinstatement of officer Frashour and as police commissioner, he has decided not to follow the arbitrator's ruling.

Following the state board's announcement on Monday, the mayor restated his opinion that Frashour should not be re-hired. He said he will recommend to commissioners to appeal this decision and take it to a court of law.

"It is time we test what we believe to be true: that the City Council and Police Commissioner, along with the Chief of Police, should be the ones who set the code of conduct and discipline for our Police Bureau, not unions or its connected institutions," Adams said. "I will consult with my council colleagues and I hope that they will feel as strongly as I do that we need to take this case to a court of law to get the hearing that it deserves."

The City of Portland has 30 days to respond to the state board's order.

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