There has been a lot of controversy over the shooting death of Aaron Campbell.
In January of 2010 Portland Police officer Ronald Frashour shot and killed
the unarmed Campbell and was later fired for his actions. Well, just last
week a state arbitrator completed an investigation and concluded that
Frashour should not have been fired and that Frashour must be reinstated
and paid back wages.
The background is that Campbell was distraught over the death of his brother
and displayed suicidal tendencies. The police were called, and Campbell
was ordered out of an apartment. He emerged, and bean-bag rounds were
shot at him. Campbell then started to run, so Frashour fired his AR-15
rifle and shot Campbell once in the back, killing him.
Frashour claimed he believed Campbell was armed, but Portland police chief
Mike Reese fired him, saying Frashour was the only person who fired live
rounds and that Frashour used poor judgment and was too focused on his
weapon. Some also believed race was a factor in the shooting (Campbell
was black, and Frashour is white).
Arbitration found that Frashour acted according to his training and was
justified in his use of deadly force. In other words, the controversy
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