PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland paper told its readers this week that they should not call the police in the event of an emergency.
The Skanner, a newspaper that focuses on issues in the black communities of Portland and Seattle, published the editorial on Feb. 15 in response to the events surrounding the Jan. 29 death of Aaron Campbell.
The editorial read, in part:
"The fact is, we at The Skanner News simply have to warn our readers away from calling the police when they are in a crisis situation. We cannot have faith that innocents won’t get caught in the firing line when trigger-finger officers arrive in force. We need to start solving our own problems ... There is a sense in the community of desperation at this situation never seems to change because there are no consequences to the officers who do the shooting."
Officer Ron Frashour was cleared of criminal charges for shooting the unarmed 25-year-old black man in the back with a police-issued rifle. Listen to the 9-1-1 calls (at bottom of page)
Police were asked to go check on the welfare of Campbell and his girlfriend. Campbell was thought to be suicidal; his younger brother, 23-year-old Douglass Campbell, had died that same day from heart and kidney complications.