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Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Lawmakers hold hearing to discuss Oregon dairy's downfall

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are asking questions about what went wrong with a large dairy that is facing a lawsuit, regulatory problems and bankruptcy in an effort to find ways to prevent a similar situation in the future.The Senate Interim Committee on Environment and Natural...

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:_____The Oregonian/OregonLive, May 23, on rebuilding faith in police oversight board:Derek Ashton, an attorney representing former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea, didn't mince words in criticizing a committee's recommendation that O'Dea lose his police...

Tanker spills 3,500 gallons of liquid asphalt near Cle Elum

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a tanker rolled spilling about 3,500 gallons of liquid asphalt as it was taking an exit off Interstate 90 near Cle Elum.KOMO-TV reports the incident happened Wednesday when the tanker took the exit and went off the shoulder.The Washington State Patrol...

Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and others have pledged more than 0,000 toward repealing Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers.The Seattle City Council on May 14 unanimously passed the so-called head tax that will charge businesses making at least million in gross...

OPINION

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for officers' actions during a January arrest that included use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.Morales' apology came as the department was set to release...

Offshore worker alleges bias in federal lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An African-American offshore oil worker has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was intimidated on the job by a supervisor who drew a picture of him dangling from a high rig structure while surrounded by co-workers in Ku Klux Klan hats.The lawsuit claims the worker was...

Comedian Josh Denny not sorry about N-word tweets

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and Food Network host Josh Denny has called his tweets using the N-word and comparing use of "straight white male" to the racial slur as "very incendiary," but he said he's not sorry.The host of "Ginormous Food" appeared on Van Lathan's podcast "The Red Pill" on...

ENTERTAINMENT

Deadliest Catch' star pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

SEATTLE (AP) — Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle.The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/2s3scWE) the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty Wednesday.Under the plea deal, a...

Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyer said in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer, in addition to a previously disclosed probe by the Manhattan District Attorney.Attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a...

Comedian Josh Denny not sorry about N-word tweets

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and Food Network host Josh Denny has called his tweets using the N-word and comparing use of "straight white male" to the racial slur as "very incendiary," but he said he's not sorry.The host of "Ginormous Food" appeared on Van Lathan's podcast "The Red Pill" on...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

BE MINE: Maker of candy hearts, Necco Wafers sold at auction

BOSTON (AP) — The bankrupt 171-year-old candy maker known for its chalky Necco Wafers and those little...

Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Some of the boxes stacked inside anthropologist Molly Zuckerman's laboratory...

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national...

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camps

PARIS (AP) — Police are preparing to dismantle makeshift camps holding close to 2,500 migrants in the...

2 patients who fled Ebola ward among the dead in Congo

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment center in a Congo city of 1.2...

Summits give aged North Korean spies hope of returning home

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a...

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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