February 11th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Multnomah County, Cops and Courts, CLEAN UP

Grand Jury on the Police: 'Portland Deserves Better'

Timothy Douglass

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk just released a three-page letter that a six-person grand jury wrote him regarding the police shooting of 25-year-old Aaron Campbell.

The grand jury's assessment of the Portland Police Bureau can only be described as devastating.

The grand jury agreed unanimously on Tuesday that Officer Ronald Frashour did not break the law when he shot Campbell, who was unarmed, in the back with an AR-15 assault rifle on Jan. 29.

"This was very difficult for us as a grand jury, as our sympathies lie with the Campbell family and the mood of the community," the grand jury writes. "As a group, we are outraged at what happened at Sandy Terrace [Apartments in Northeast Portland]."

"We know something went terribly, terribly wrong at Sandy Terrace and that Aaron Campbell should not have died that day," the letter continues. "We feel that his death resulted from flawed police policies, incomplete and inappropriate training, incomplete communication and other issues with the police effort. We feel strongly that something must be done to correct this, and the Portland Police Bureau should be held responsible for this tragedy."

The whole letter available here (PDF) concludes "Portland deserves better. Aaron Campbell deserved better."

(Photo above of Timothy Douglass, Campbell's father)
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