SALEM, Ore. -- The Aaron Campbell case made it's way to Salem Wednesday.
The same group that protested the Campbell shooting by police last week, lobbied for new laws concerning deadly force. The group is called I'm Everyday People.
Wednesday, they carpooled to the Capitol to meet with lawmakers and push the creation of new legislation. They said they want to call it Campbell's Law. It's just a concept, but group leaders hoped it would restrict an officer's use of deadly force.
They have not outlined specifics for the law, but they said it will address police training, policy and the definition of a perceived threat.
We want a change, said Reverend Renee Ward, who spearheaded the effort. We know that it's within the law and it starts from the top.
The grassroots effort stemmed from the death of Aaron Campbell. Campbell was shot and killed by a Portland Police officer last month. The officer thought Campbell was armed and dangerous. But he did not have a weapon.
I'm sick and tired of the senseless police killing that's going on in Portland, Oregon, said Gary Clay, a member of I'm Everyday People.
The group admitted Wednesday's trip to Salem was to learn about how the lobbying process works. But they were able to meet with two lawmakers, Representative Lew Frederick (D-Portland) and Representative Tina Kotek (D-North/NE Portland). Both Reps. said they were ready to work with the group.
It's going to require us to really get together and decide if we're going to change an attitude, Frederick said. But also the policies and the training and the communication issues that are involved there.
I'm very pleased to see these people here today, said Kotek. This is the beginning of an important conversation and I fully believe we will have a legislative package in the 2011 session dealing with these issues.