City Commissioner Dan Saltzman
just issued a letter to the grand jurors who yesterday strongly criticized
the Portland Police Bureau's actions leading up to the fatal shooting
Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell
(PDF) tells grand jurors he shares their concerns and vows "immediate action," including a full review of the bureau's training on handling people in crisis "utilizing outside experts."
Saltzman, who's seeking a fourth term this May, also says he'll ask the City Council to fund a new program partnering police with mental-health workers.
Saltzman thanks the grand jurors for their "thoughtful letter" in which they blasted
the police bureau Saltzman oversees. The grand jury found Officer Ronald Frashour
likely did not break the law, but they called out the police bureau for botching its call to aid the suicidal man, killing him instead.
Saltzman's letter follows a far more tepid
response to the grand jury yesterday from Chief Rosie Sizer
, who thanked the jurors for their "commitment" to the city's review process.