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Portland Chief, Mayor Agree to Fire Officer

November 16, 2010  | 

Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese have agreed to fire the police officer who shot and killed Aaron M. Campbell during a Jan. 29 standoff.

Another officer and two sergeants of the Portland Police Bureau who were at the scene have also been disciplined, reports the Portland Tribune.

Officer Ron Frashour has been terminated, while Officer Ryan Lewton, Sgt. Liani Reyna and Sgt. John Birkinbine each have been suspended without pay for 80 hours.

The Portland Police Association posted a statement on the union Website, stating that Adams and Reese "have ignored the truth and the facts regarding the Aaron Campbell incident."

Adams and Reese "ignored the statements of three officers other than Officer Frashour who said that they too believed Aaron Campbell was armed with a gun and was not only suicidal but wanted to commit 'suicide by police,'" according to the statement. "They even ignored the statements of four other witness officers and two independent civilian witnesses who said that they believed that Aaron Campbell was reaching into his back waistband for a weapon as he ran towards hard cover."

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