A rally and march will be held Friday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square to urge Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to launch an investigation into the police shooting of Aaron Campbell. The rally will begin at 3 p.m. and the march will commence at 3:30 p.m. down Southwest Broadway Boulevard to Portland State University.
Campbell was shot in the back by Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour on Jan. 29. Campbell was distraught over the death of his brother and was reportedly suicidal. A 600+ page police report on the shooting indicated that Campbell exited the apartment after being encouraged to do so by a negotiating officer. After failing to heed yelled commands to put his hands from his head to the air as he walked backwards toward officers, he was shot with a beanbag shotgun, then ran when a dog was unleashed on him. Frashour shot him moments later. Campbell was unarmed.
A grand jury failed to indict Frashour, although they sent a scathing letter to the District Attorney's office, putting full blame for Campbell's homicide on the Portland Police Bureau.
Rev. Jesse Jackson – who spoke to Portlanders Tuesday night at Marantha Church – inspired a hundreds-strong rally Wednesday at noon, protesting Frashour's return to duty. The group stormed City Hall, demanding to speak with Mayor Sam Adams. Not a single police officer showed up for the peaceful march.
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