Darryel Dwayne Ferguson, 46, was shot and killed by 2 officers outside his apartment, number 201 of the Ventura Park Plaza on the corner of Southeast Burnside and 122nd Avenue. Reportedly he pulled a replica handgun on the officers who were called to the building following complaints of a threatening neighbour.
16 Shots were counted by neighbour Shawn Bartmess who said in a report, "I believe in law enforcement, that they are here to protect us, but 16 shots in such close quarters, with a child in the apartment, seems excessive."
The conference today addressed the question concerning the fact that according to early reports, Ferguson was seeking to protect his family from an aggressive neighbour, not realising police were at the door.
Kathryn Cates, a representative for the campaign stated in accordance with the aforementioned that, "If so, then it seems the police resorted to force where none was necessary and did not even attempt to de-escalate the situation. The cops handling of this incident showed a reckless disregard for the safety of Ferguson, his family, his neighbours, and in short anyone besides the police themselves. The cops seem paranoid about their own safety and utterly indifferent to the safety of the public."
The campaign, originally aimed at Officer Ronald Frashour who shot and killed Aaron Campbell, has decided to continue with the 'Fire Frashour' Campaign as they expect his reinstatement after his arbitration. Mayor of Portland Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese decide to terminate his contract on November 17th over the Campbell incident.
Aaron Campbell was shot in the back January 29th 2010 with an AR-15 by Officer Frashour whilst surrendering to the police.
Reportedly, the November 2010 issue of the Portland Police Association's (PPA) newsletter, titled 'The Rap Sheet' consisted of any essay stating that police departments should 'reward aggression', specifically urging police to use their firearms as opposed to other methods to dissipate situations.
"This sort of article contributes to an environment of hostility toward the public and the 'shoot first ask questions later' attitude that, in the last year, has led to the deaths of Aaron Campbell, Jack Collins, Keaton Otis and now Darryel Ferguson."
In each death as a result of officer involved shootings the Portland Police Association has defended those involved.
Today the PPA is holding contract negotiations with the city behind closed doors with a mediator as they view the gap between the two as vast. Many believe this is a way to "insulate cops from any accountability or meaningful oversight" in the future.
According to Will Aitchison, the Association's attorney, "While we appreciate the effort the City has shown to try to resolve the differences between the parties, the gulf between us appears too wide for negotiations in their current format to be successful.''
All Police Association negotiations remain closed to the public.
New deals on the table however revolve around random drug-testing for officers, a limit on compensatory time off and union acceptance of the new police oversight system approved by council that will create a Police Review Board with the aim of strengthening the authority of the Independent Police Review Division to conduct its own investigations of officers.
The Fire Frashour Campaign continue to repeat their original demands as a result of this recent shooting and the way the PPA and City of Portland continue their collusion to 'preserve cops impunity'.
"We demand the firing of all killer cops. We demand that the Police Association contract negotiations be open to the public. And, we demand an end to mandatory arbitration in the Portland Police Association contract."