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Thursday 11AM - PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT
Justice For Aaron Campbell
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11:30 AM, Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison
Please join the AMA Coalition tomorrow at this important demonstration!
dan h
portland copwatch



Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform
c/o Dr. T Allen Bethel Maranatha Church 503-288-7241

NEWS ITEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT
Justice For Aaron Campbell
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11:30 AM, Portland City Hall, SW 4th and Madison

Tomorrow, Thursday December 31, the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition
for Justice and Police Reform will hold a picket line and news conference to
protest the Oregon Court of Appeals' ruling that the City must 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 11:30 AM on
the 4th Avenue side of City Hall, between Madison and Jefferson Sts. The
Coalition demands that Frashour be assigned to a job or shift at the Bureau
that requires the least contact with the public as possible, because of the
potential that he may do harm to community members.

There has been a history of officers with problems being assigned to desk jobs
and other areas of the Bureau to minimize their interactions with the public.

The Coalition protested the Arbitrator's decision in April, 2012, and applauded
the City's decision to file an appeal, asserting their right to make such
personnel decisions.

The reinstatement of Frashour continues 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. Other cases that have prompted protests
have included those of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York,
Tamir Rice in Ohio, the death in custody of Sandra Bland in Texas, and too many
others to count.

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.

Aaron Campbell 31.Dec.2015 01:15

Happy New Year


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Picture from protest | rally at City Hall

Video: PICKET LINE/NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST OFFICER FRASHOUR'S REINSTATEMENT 04.Jan.2016 08:50

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Video from the Portland press conference | protest on 12.31.15 at City Hall

 https://youtu.be/WQVmywSeII4 (30 min video)