The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered the city of Portland to rehire Ron Frashour, the Portland police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man named Aaron Campbell in 2010.
Frashour shot the 25-year-old Campbell in the back on Jan. 29, 2010, after a 911 caller reported he was armed and suicidal.
The Portland Police Bureau placed Frashour on leave in August 2010 and fired him that November—leading to a yearslong court battle.
Mayor Charlie Hales says the city will comply with the order and rehire Frashour.
"I am disappointed the court blocked the city's efforts to terminate an officer who used force inappropriately," Hales said in a statement.
In February 2010, WW ran a cover story on the shooting of Campbell, after a grand jury decided not to indict Frashour.
WW reporter James Pitkin recited "the painfully familiar facts" of the killing.
Shortly before 4:20 pm that on that rainy Friday afternoon, Sherry Stewart called 911 to report that her niece, Adrienna Jones, wasn’t answering the phone in her apartment at Northeast 128th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The aunt told the 911 dispatcher that [Aaron] Campbell, Jones’ boyfriend, was armed and suicidal following the death of his younger brother from heart disease that morning.
When police went to the apartment, Jones came out and told them that Campbell was armed, distraught and maybe wanting police to kill him. He was inside with her three young children, two of whom were his.
After a nearly two-hour standoff in the parking lot of the Sandy Terrace apartment complex, Campbell released the kids and then emerged from the apartment backward with his hands behind his head. But he refused orders to put his hands in the air, and when police warned that they would shoot, witnesses say Campbell shouted, “Fucking shoot me then!”
Officer Ryan Lewton fired six beanbag rounds at Campbell, who began to move quickly behind a car and toward the apartments. Officer Ronald Frashour, who was providing “lethal cover” from behind a police car, then fatally shot Campbell in the back with an AR-15 assault rifle. Fresher later said he feared Campbell was reaching for a gun and heading for cover, and Frashour was trained to aim at the center of a body to stop a threat.
In fact, Campbell was later found to be unarmed.