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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rights group filed an emergency lawsuit in federal court Friday against top officials of U.S. immigration and homeland security departments, alleging they have unconstitutionally denied lawyers' access to immigrants in a prison in Oregon.Immigration and Customs...

Oregon woman accused of mistreating 3 children

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested an Oregon woman accused of criminally mistreating three children in her care.Lt. Henry Reimann of the Hillsboro Police Department says Merlinda Avalos limited the kids to two peanut sandwiches a day, prevented them from using the bathroom at night and...

Man charged in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Lakewood man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma over three decades ago has been charged with murder and rape.The News Tribune reports Pierce County prosecutors charged 66-year-old Gary Hartman Friday in connection with Michella Welch's death in 1986. She...

Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules.Backers say the move offers more flexibility to keep smoke away from people but health advocates counter that it will lead to breathing problems for some residents.The U.S. Environmental...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local):1:13 a.m.Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance?The World Cup could...

Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.Both players put their open hands...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy.The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release of her new live album, "Hope."Buckley appeared earlier this week on the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl,"...

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fall television season is months away but that's no reason to stare moodily at a blank screen. In this era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen...

Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

NEW YORK (AP) — A crying Honduran girl depicted in a widely-seen photograph that became a symbol for many of President Donald Trump's immigration policies was not actually separated from her mother, U.S. government officials said on Friday.Time magazine used an image of the girl, by Getty...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mexican players can have beef again at the World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico's mantra for this World Cup is "No Excuses," and that includes no complaining about...

US officials say girl on Time cover isn't separated from mom

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials said Friday that a girl who is pictured on the cover of this...

Ex-New England Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' guilty in slaying

BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep...

UK split by Brexit divide 2 years after vote to leave EU

LONDON (AP) — It's been two years since the shoppers and traders of London's Romford market voted by a wide...

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

ROME (AP) — Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his...

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families...

Rally opposing rehiring of Ron Frashour
By Christen McCurdy | The Skanner News

Mayor Charlie Hales isn’t happy about having to re-hire fired Portland Police Bureau officer Ron Frashour. Community activists aren’t either, and they’re asking the bureau to place Frashour in a desk job where his contact with the public will be minimal.

According to a ruling released last week by the Oregon Court of Appeals, Frashour must return to duty. In a statement released shortly after the ruling, Hales’ office put out a press release expressing disappointment in the court’s decision.

“The City of Portland takes use-of-force seriously, and demands that it be employed judiciously. Portland Police Bureau training emphasizes de-escalation, and while the vast majority of our officers perform exceptionally well, incidents like the tragic death of Aaron Campbell undermine that success,” Hales’ statement said. City staff later told a local television station they are reviewing the ruling and are considering taking the matter to the Supreme Court.

Frashour shot and killed Aaron Campbell in January 2010, and was terminated later that year. Campbell was an African American man whose brother had died earlier that day. A 911 caller reported Campbell was suicidally depressed, and requested a welfare check. When Campbell came out of his home, he was shot with a beanbag round, then ran and, witnesses said, reached for his waist. Some witnesses said it looked like Campell was touching the part of his abdomen that had received the beanbag rounds. Frashour reported he thought Campbell, who turned out to be unarmed, was reaching for his gun. Frashour then shot Campbell in the back with an AR-15 assault rifle.

The Portland Police Association filed a grievance regarding Frashour’s firing, which ultimately went to arbitration. The state arbitrator ruled Frashour’s termination had not been justified, but then-Mayor Sam Adams announced the city would not honor that ruling

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the arbitrator was correct in determining Frashour had not violated any city policy regarding use of force.

The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform held a rally and press conference on the morning of Dec. 31, where they made it clear they would prefer Frashour not return to duty at all. However, they said if he must continue to work as a law enforcement officer, he should be placed “at a desk, in a corner, with no contact with the public at all,” and without access to firearms, Dr. T. Allen Bethel said.

The AMA also asked that the police department be reformed and that the Bureau, which is currently recruiting for more officers, not simply fill more positions, but make an effort to hire officers of color to better represent the city they serve.

“Can you name any other profession where you cannot be fired?” Rev. Mark Knutson of Augustana Lutheran Church asked the crowd of about 50 people at City Hall last week. “As a clergy, I know we will be fired and let go if we do something wrong.

AMA member Joyce Harris criticized the Court’s ruling, saying, “Read the 22-page ruling and you will not be less confused than when you started reading.”

The ruling hinges on whether a “public-policy exception” to reinstating an officer – that is an exception based on laws about use of force – can be made when an arbitrator has determined that an officer is not guilty of misconduct. “Put another way, the text of the provision indicates that the focus of the public-policy condition is on the consequence that an arbitrator imposes for an employee’s misconduct. Accordingly, if the arbitrator concludes that there was no misconduct, then the condition in ORS 243.706(1) does not apply,” the ruling states.

"For the seventh time, an independent review of Officer Ron Frashour's actions nearly six years ago has found that he fully complied with the law and with national and local standards for the use of force," said a statement from Portland Police Association spokesperson Daryl Turner, released on the day of the ruling.

A press release distributed by Portland Copwatch and announcing the rally noted the bureau has a history of officers with problems being assigned to desk jobs or other positions that minimize their interactions with the public. The release also notes that in other cases where a Portland officer has been terminated for lethal use of force and the case has gone to arbitration, arbitrators have ruled in favor of reinstating the officer. According to Hales’ statement, Frashour will be reassigned for reorientation training.

See also The Skanner publisher Bernie Foster's 2010 editorial, "Having an emergency? Don't call the police."

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