Oregon grand jury criticizes police for shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 3:33 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Ore., grand jury says the city's police department should be held accountable for an officer who shot an unarmed man in the back.

The same grand jury that declined to indict the officer sent a letter Wednesday to Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk saying the officer should never have been put in the situation that led to the death of Aaron Campbell last month.

The grand jury urged changes in police policy and procedure to avoid another similar tragedy.

Police Chief Rosie Sizer says a police report on the shooting will be issued next week.

Black leaders in Portland rallied on the steps of the city Justice Center Thursday to call for changes in state law and police training to improve accountability for officers who use deadly force.

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