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Fire Frashour Campaign Pissed but Not Surprised.

Today the Fire Frashour Campaign released a statement concerning the reinstatement of Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour.
Fire Frashour Campaign Pissed but Not Surprised.

Portland, Oregon - Today the Fire Frashour Campaign released a statement concerning the reinstatement of Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour. In 2010, Fire Frashour waged a community campaign to get Office Frashour removed from the Portland Police force, to strike the arbitration clause from the Portland Police Association's contract, and to keep the negotiations between the city and PPA open to the public. Below is their statement:

On Friday, we learned that Ronald Frashour, the Portland police sniper who murdered Aaron Campbell in 2010 is being reinstated. While we are disgusted and appalled at this news, we are not surprised.

The Fire Frashour campaign predicted when he was fired that he would return.

Frashour follows a long line of killer cops who murdered and got away with it. During the last 15 years, no Portland police officer has lost his job for killing someone.

There is plenty of blame to go around. The District Attorney is guilty because he didn't secure an indictment, despite the fact that Frashour shot and killed an unarmed man who posed no threat and wasn't even suspected of a crime. The Portland Police Association is guilty, because they defend abusive cops no matter what the circumstances. The City Council is guilty, because they approved a new police contract continuing the arbitration clause that guarantees that killer cops will return to the force.

Mayor Adams and Police Chief Reese have washed their hands of the situation. They claim that, though they tried to get Ronald Frashour fired, they just couldn't manage it. In the end, the two officials who are supposed to hold police accountable could not do so. In effect, the police have the power to kill innocent people with no fear of discipline.

The bitter truth is that this problem goes beyond this case, and beyond Portland. The shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida and of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. in New York point to a deeper truth about policing in this country. Police are not here to serve and protect everyone. Their jobs are to serve and protect a very specific race and class of people and the rest of us who don't fit into that group find ourselves as suspects, criminals, and many times victims. In Trayvon Martin's case the police refuse to arrest his killer. In the case of Kenneth Chamberlain - which in so many ways resembled that of Aaron Campbell - the murderers, the police themselves, walk free. All of these cases show that the criminal justice system in no way values the lives of Black people. We do not live a "post-racial" society but rather in a country where your race can determine whether you live or whether you die.

Those of us who are not served and protected by the police need to create our own safety and accountability. The words that The Skanner published on February 15, 2010 still ring true: "[We] simply have to warn our readers away from calling the police when they are in a crisis situation. We cannot have faith that innocents won't get caught in the firing line when trigger-finger officers arrive in force. We need to start solving our own problems ... There is a sense in the community of desperation at this situation never seems to change because there are no consequences to the officers who do the shooting."

AMA statement and notice 02.Apr.2012 08:45

Community Alert

 http://www.albinaministerialcoalition.org/actions.html

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AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform Actions

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March-April, 2012:


CALL TO ACTION!
PICKET LINE AND NEWS CONFERENCE FOR AARON CAMPBELL 11:30 AM Monday, April 2, 2012
Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison


The Arbitration regarding the shooting of Aaron Campbell has concluded with the recommended reinstatement of Officer Ron Frashour
to the Portland Police Bureau.


As noted previously, the AMA has a call to action in response:


On Monday, April 2, people should meet at 11:30 AM on the 4th Ave side of City Hall (between Madison and Jeffeson) for a picket line and news
conference. (The news conference will begin at noon.)


Please spread the word.


Here is some background information:


On Monday, April 2, the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Police Reform will hold a picket line and news conference to protest the State Arbitrator's decision to reinstate Officer Ron Frashour to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Frashour shot the unarmed Aaron Campbell in the back in January, 2010 and was fired later that year.


The reinstatement of Frashour is another in a long line of arbitration overturning firings of officers who wrongfully use deadly force, or otherwise take actions often targeted at communities of color.


--Officer Scott McCollister, who was suspended for six months after shooting and killing African American Kendra James in 2003, was reinstated with back pay;
--Officer Douglas Erickson, who shot and wounded African American Gerald Gratton in the back in 1993, was reinstated;
--Officers Richard Montee and Paul Wickersham, fired for selling T-Shirts reading "Don't Choke 'Em, Smoke 'Em" after an officer choked African American security guard Lloyd "Tony" Stevenson in 1985, were reinstated;
--Officers Craig Ward and Jim Galloway, fired for tossing dead opossums on the porch of a black-owned business in 1981, were reinstated;
and
--In one case where the victim, Dennis Young, was white, Lt. Jeffrey Kaer was reinstated after being fired for shooting and killing Young in 2006.


The apparent racial bias of the arbitration system comes in the midst of a national debate on racial profiling, sparked by the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. Like Keaton Otis, an African American man shot and killed by Portland Police less than four months after Campbell, Martin was deemed suspicious for wearing a hoodie.

PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT 02.Apr.2012 09:06

jackson ( e-mail reposting)

Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform
c/o Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Allen Temple, 503-287-0261

NEWS ITEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contact: Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr 503-287-0261

PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT
Justice For Aaron Campbell
Today, Monday, April 2, 2012, 12:00 Noon
Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison

On Monday, April 2, the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for
Justice and Police Reform will hold a picket line and news conference to
protest the State Arbitrator's decision to reinstate Officer Ron Frashour
to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Frashour shot the unarmed Aaron
Campbell in the back in January, 2010 and was fired later that year. The
action will take place at 12:00 Noon on the 4th Avenue side of City Hall,
between Madison and Jefferson Sts.

Speakers will include members of the AMA Coalition and one of the lawyers
for the Campbell family.

The reinstatement of Frashour is another in a long line of arbitration
overturning firings of officers who wrongfully use deadly force, or
otherwise take actions often targeted at communities of color.

--Officer Scott McCollister, who was suspended for six months after
shooting and killing African American Kendra James in 2003, was
reinstated with back pay;
--Officer Douglas Erickson, who shot and wounded African American Gerald
Gratton in the back in 1993, was reinstated;
--Officers Richard Montee and Paul Wickersham, fired for selling T-Shirts
reading "Don't Choke 'Em, Smoke 'Em" after an officer choked African
American security guard Lloyd "Tony" Stevenson in 1985, were reinstated;
--Officers Craig Ward and Jim Galloway, fired for tossing dead opossums
on the porch of a black-owned business in 1981, were reinstated;
and
--In one case where the victim, Dennis Young, was white, Lt. Jeffrey Kaer
was reinstated after being fired for shooting and killing Young in 2006.

The apparent racial bias of the arbitration system comes in the midst of a
national debate on racial profiling, sparked by the shooting of teenager
Trayvon Martin in Florida. Like Keaton Otis, an African American man shot
and killed by Portland Police less than four months after Campbell, Martin
was deemed suspicious for wearing a hoodie.

For more information visit the AMA Coalition website at
 http://www.albinaministerialcoalition.org .

The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is working toward these five
goals:
1. A federal investigation by the Justice Department to include criminal and
civil rights violations, as well as a federal audit of patterns and
practices of the Portland Police Bureau.
2. Strengthening the Independent Police Review Division and the Citizen
Review Committee with the goal of adding power to compel testimony.
3. A full review of the Bureau's excessive force and deadly force policies
and training with diverse citizen participation for the purpose of making
recommendations to change policies and training.
4. The Oregon State Legislature narrowing the language of the State statute for
deadly force used by police officers.
5. Establishing a special prosecutor for police excessive force and deadly
force cases.

The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform follows these three
principles:
--Embrace the five goals.
--Accept the principles of non-violent direct action as enunciated by Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
--Work as a team in concert to achieve the goals.

Twisted Union - Apealing Mayor - and millions of dollars 02.Apr.2012 09:32

wont bring Aaron back

The Portland police union disagreed with the termination and fought to get Frashour job back.

[*twisted]

On Friday the Portland mayor Sam Adams expressed his disappointment with the arbitrator's ruling and vowed to appeal it.

[*apealing]

And it was just a month ago that the Campbell's family settled a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Portland (city) for $1.2 million $$$$

[*dollars]

Aaron is still gone

discussion

All Cops Are Bastards 01.Apr.2012 09:15

Anonymous

A.C.A.B

I just woke up from one crazy dream & into another. It's gonna be a long year...

(A)/(E)

License to Murder 01.Apr.2012 10:29

Lone Vet www.individualsforjustice.com

I read the 78 page decision by the arbitrator and what is obvious to me is that the arbitrator believed what the police told her. This is a big problem with judges and juries, if any of them have to decide who is telling the truth about what happened they will lean towards the cops, even if the cops' boss wants to fire them, the decision will go to the cops. Jane R. Wilkinson, the arbitrator in this case based most of her decision on two things, she believed the cops and used decisions by appellate courts to lay out what constitutes a good shooting or what constitutes a wrongful shooting. She used the wrong standard because in arbitration hearings the standard is the preponderance of evidence and not beyond a reasonable doubt. The City had to prove that the firing of Frashour was justified under the contract, and it was. She went on a fishing exercise to justify the shooting and therefore could decide that the city had no reasonable way to defend the firing. Her decision was ridiculous on its face. Above you mentioned that by taking this case to arbitration you suspected that it would go in favor of the cop, you are absolutely correct, any case that ask the question, "Was it reasonable for a cop to kill a suspect who did anything wrong when surrendering will come back as a yes." We need to find a better way of holding the cops accountable for their actions. The courts, juries, grand juries and arbitration is not the way to go. What we really have here are cops acting like another gang of bullies. We must find a way to deal with them on our own, we will get no help from the courts, politicians or arbitrators. Mr. Campbell was murdered and that is a fact. I don't know what the answer to this question is, but I agree do not call the cops unless you want to see your love one dead. I am so sad all of this happened, it is a major stain on our city that will never go away. Mr. Aron Campbell was not a suspect for anything and he is dead, Why?
"You shot him with a bean bag and sent a dog on him, then murdered him."

video - cell phone 02.Apr.2012 12:57

Ben Waiting

Protesting at City Hall for Police Accountability & Justice on 4/2/12


1.  http://bambuser.com/v/2522571
2.  http://bambuser.com/v/2522587
3.  http://bambuser.com/v/2522599
4.  http://bambuser.com/v/2522633

Four clips from today's rally on Portland City Hall front steps to demand the city/police to not reinstate fired police office Ron Frashour.

(not the greatest quality of recordings)- regular video coming soon ((( i )))