Mayor Sam Adams and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman this afternoon announced they'll be joining with Black leaders to call for a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights investigation into the fatal police shooting of Aaron Campbell.
Saltzman staffer Shannon Callahan confirmed the coalition of elected and community leaders will request a federal investigation into the shooting "and the larger issue of the Portland Police Bureau."
"It's a highly fluid situation," Callahan told The Skanner News.
The official announcement is set for Friday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 at the Northeast Precinct, while at noon another protest march is set for 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.
For his part, Kroger had already scheduled a special event Friday Feb. 19 at Portland state University to flesh out his priorities for the state's new Civil Rights Unit, and introduce its new chief, Assistant Attorney General Diane Schwartz.
That event starts at 3:30 p.m., at the Urban Center, Room 250, at Southwest Fifth and Mill Streets.
Also today the Multnomah County District Attorney released a 454-page transcript of the Grand Jury proceedings into the Campbell shooting, plus a transcript of the 9-1-1 call that triggered the police response and the Medical Examiner's report.
The medical document failed to specify a time of death for Campbell, 25, who did not receive medical attention after being beanbag-gunned, attacked by a German shepherd and shot in the back with an AR-15 rifle.
The police report released Tuesday indicated Campbell was handcuffed by a SERT team that approached him using a shield, about 20 minutes after he was shot.
He was left lying face down on the wet pavement of a parking lot until he was confirmed dead, the police report showed. The Medical Examiner's report confirmed he died from a single gunshot to the back.
Rev. Jesse Jackson – who spoke to Portlanders Wednesday 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, who met with Campbell family members after a tense confrontation.
Also this week, Officer Ronald Frashour, who pulled the AR-15 trigger that killed Campbell, was revealed to be the subject of two lawsuits that arose from one domestic violence dispute in 2007, according to the Oregonian newspaper.
A Citizens Review Committee hearing Wednesday on a third complaint against Frashour saw the panel take the unusual step of voting to change the findings of Chief Rosie Sizer's ruling that Frashour used undue force in Tasering a man videotaping a police search for a jaywalker in a junkyard. Frashour had claimed he thought the man might use the camera as a weapon.