September 24th, 2012 2:17 pm | by AARON MESH News | Posted In: City Hall, Cops and Courts, Politics

Updated: Adams Wants to Fight State Board's Order to Reinstate Frashour

aaron campbellOfficer Ron Frashour shot Aaron Campbell (above) in 2010. He was fired by the city, but state arbitrators forced the city to reinstate him.

Issuing a cease-and-desist order, the state Employee Relations Board has given Mayor Sam Adams 30 days to re-hire Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour, who fatally shot unarmed 25-year-old Aaron Campbell in the back in 2010.

The board's ruling says that the City of Portland violated the Collective Bargaining Act, and that it owes Frashour back pay with nine percent interest.

Adams has refused to re-hire Frashour, defying an arbitrator's ruling. Adams is scheduled to make a statement at City Hall at 3 pm. WW will update this story as it develops.

The ruling comes less than two weeks after the Department of Justice said it found a pattern of Portland Police brutality against the mentally ill. In response, Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese have pledged to investigate officer misconduct more quickly.

Read about Frashour shooting Campbell here

Updated at 3:20 pm:

Mayor Sam Adams says he will ask the City Council to challenge the ERB ruling in the Court of Appeals.

"It is time to test what we believe to be true," Adams said in a press conference this afternoon. "It is the police commissioner and the police chief who address the use of force, not the police union."

The mayor expressed anger over a history of arbitrators siding with police in use-of-force cases.

"This is what we're fighting for: to have more local control of our very own police bureau," Adams said. "It is totally worth it, and Portlanders want us to do it."

Adams said he didn't check if he had the Council votes for a legal battle. Asked if he had the support of city attorneys, the mayor was curt:

"They work for me."
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