Grand Jury on the Police: 'Portland Deserves Better'


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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, ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Rally Places Blame for Fatal Police Shooting on City Leaders


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African-American leaders from Portland this morning blasted City Hall and Portland police, calling for reforms at a rally in the wake of a Multnomah County grand jury's decision not to indict an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Nearly 100 people including religious leaders, former state lawmakers, political candidates and activists gathered on the steps on the downtown Justice Center. They ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

How Racist is Oregon?


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Thursday, February 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman on Campbell Shooting: Promises "Unsparing" Internal Review


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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman elaborated at a news conference this morning about his request to the federal Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a full civil rights investigation into last month's fatal Portland police shooting of Aaron Campbell. "It's going to the top -- the top of the top -- of the U.S. Department of Justice," said Saltzman, who's in charge of the ...   More
 
Friday, February 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall Notebook: Saltzman Meets With African-American Police Recruits


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Following up on his pledge from last week to reach out to African-American candidates for jobs with the Portland Police Bureau, Commissioner Dan Saltzman met with several recruits in his office this morning. Last Friday, Saltzman said some potential police officers had turned down jobs with the bureau in response to the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell on Jan. 29. I'll update this post with ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

What I Learned in Police Firearms Training Class


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I "shot" a police officer last Friday. And though the gun was fake, the fear was certainly real. On the morning of Feb. 19, a handful of journalists from local media (including OPB's April Baer in the photo above with the Portland Police Bureau's Tracy Chamberlin) showed up at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas for a four-hour firearms training session presented by the Police Bureau. Portland police ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Minorities in the Portland Police: Some Very Sad Numbers


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While reporting on tomorrow's WW cover story about the Aaron Campbell shooting, I requested data from the police bureau on the number of minority cops it employs. The question was prompted by two recent events. First was Rev. Jesse Jackson's calls in Portland Feb. 16 for greater minority representation in the cop shop and in city government. Then came Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman's statement ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Today's Campbell Rally: "What Do We Want? Justice"


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Several hundred Portlanders gathered this afternoon at Pioneer Courthouse Square to continue the ongoing protest over the fatal Jan. 29 police shooting of Aaron Campbell. The crowd listened to Campbell's friends and family before marching south on Broadway to rally in front of Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union — near where Attorney General John Kroger was holding ...   More
 
Friday, February 19, 2010 Ari Phillips

Campbell's Family Hires Chasse Lawyer


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When Aaron Campbell was shot in the back by Portland police Jan. 29, it wasn't a question of whether the city would face a monumental lawsuit from the unarmed man's family — just when, and by whom. It turns out two Portland law firms plan to double-team the city of Portland in court. One firm will have a familiar ring to it: Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton and Rose. One of ...   More
 
Friday, February 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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