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Portland Mayor Fights Reinstatement of Fired Officer

September 25, 2012  | 

Portland Mayor Sam Adams Monday said he'll urge the City Council to appeal a state board ruling that ordered the city to reinstate fired officer Ronald Frashour to the police force with back pay and benefits.

On Jan. 29, 2010, Frashour shot Aaron Campbell in the back with an AR-15 rifle after Campbell had been struck with multiple beanbag-shotgun rounds shortly after emerging from a Northeast Portland apartment. Frashour said he thought Campbell was reaching for a gun. Campbell was unarmed.

In a ruling released Monday, the state Employment Relations Board unanimously ruled that the city violated Oregon's Public Collective Bargaining Act by refusing to follow an arbitrator's award in March that ordered Frashour be reinstated to the police force. The board ordered Frashour be returned to his job within 30 days, with back pay, benefits, and 9% interest.

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michael @ 9/25/2012 3:58 PM

Hey Mayor Adams, are you taking this case a little personal? I think you should comply with the findings.............I bet you're a prop 8 supporter because you obviously can't accept a ruling when it is given by a board or court until you get it your way.
Thats ok, just going to be more money in the officers pocket. Hopefully, the City Council will tell the Mayor to stick it, put the officer back to work.

[email protected] @ 9/25/2012 6:15 PM

OK, Now I see why the mayor is an ass. The person shot was black. jesse jackson visited to cause a problem and this a/h of a mayor & city council are running scared. A Grand Jury found the Officer acted in lawful manner when he shot campbell, believing he was reaching for a gun as the call was dispatched as " a suicidal man" in an apartment. Hope the Officer nails this city council & mayor to the wall. Blues, Stay Safe.

Jim A @ 9/25/2012 7:02 PM

This is clearly a case of Politics outweighing the Police. NOBODY is saying the outcome was the one desired. They are just saying that in that officers mind, there was a reasonable threat. The arbitrator had hit. The Board has it. Sam Adams is not the honorable man as his namesake was.

jim duncan @ 9/25/2012 7:29 PM

First I am a 30 year retired Police Sergeant with several officer involved shooting investigations under my belt. And as to the major I have this to say----You are truly a luckey man you are not in California because we have POBR or Gov Code 3300 which basically cuts you Mr. Major out of the picture! Why because you listen to other bafoon who know nothing about making critical decisions and wala an innocent officer is fired! We do not operate by the marcus of queesbury rules where we must see a weapon or let them have a first shot here in California. You do something as stupid as this guy did and act like a nut "SEE-YA". We did not even allow our Mayor at crime scene unless he stood behind the ropes under threat of arrest. They have no business being involved and this is a perfect example why!!!!!!!!!!!!

JPAgee @ 9/27/2012 6:30 AM

This mayor is going to waste millions of dollars and still lose. Now TWO different entities have ordered the officer reinstated. Odds are the courts will uphold this if he fights it that far. A local sheriff's agency did the same thing years ago near me. The deputies sued for back over time. It was ruled by civil service they were owed around $30,000 spread out over 15 people. The Sheriff at that time followed the advice of the county attorney and appealed to the courts who upheld the ruling. Now the total was around $75,000 since more time had passed and interest had set in. The Sheriff continued to listen to the attorney and appealed it to the state supreme court who heard the case after year or so. THEY upheld it bringing the total to around $400,000. Pride gets in the way of good fiscal sense sometimes.

As was said, the shooting was not the desired outcome. But obviously there was some articulated threat that others detached from the situation seem to see but this mayor cannot.

S.S @ 9/27/2012 10:42 AM

The mayor's an idiot. I can't believe he's gonna fight this and cost more taxpayers money. Clearly this guy wants to be in the limelight and have the liberals on his side. Which I'm sure he's already got. The guys an asshole. Portland please do yourself a favor and vote his ass out the next time around.

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