PORTLAND, Ore. The U.S. Attorney s Office and the F.B.I. announced on Thursday they had initiated a preliminary inquiry into the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell and the Portland Police Bureau had a 9:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the probe.
Mayor Sam Adams told the news conference that he understands many black residents of Portland fear police and it was a problem long before the Jan. 29 shooting death of Aaron Campbell.
The purpose of the inquiry was to determine only whether a civil rights violation had occurred. The broader question of whether there are management or policy issues which should be addressed by local law enforcement is a question that is properly addressed by local community leaders and the members of the community, according to the announcement.
The preliminary inquiry is intended to provide a full and fair review of the locally-conducted investigation, and involves gathering of the investigative record and public accounts of the facts underlying the shooting, the announcement said.
The inquiry was expected to include a review of materials from the investigation provided by the Multnomah County District Attorney s Office. The Portland Police Bureau has committed to complete cooperation with the inquiry, according to the announcement.
Members of the Urban League Of Portland said releasing the transcripts was a good step but more needed to be done.
We've got to do something different because we've been doing this for how many decades? And we're still dying in the street. I just can't get past the fact that this man didn't need to die that night, said Marcus Mundy with the Urban League of Portland.