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Statement from mayor regarding Ron Frashour

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The following statement was released Friday regarding the Ron Frashour arbitrator ruling.

"The City is reviewing all of its options, including whether we can appeal, and whether this is an award that is enforceable under state law."

---Mayor Sam Adams

The City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau have been informed by Arbitrator Jane Wilkinson that she has ruled in favor of the grievant, Ron Frashour, who was terminated from the Portland Police Bureau on November 16, 2010, following the January 29, 2010 shooting of Aaron Campbell.

The arbitrator has ruled Ron Frashour should be reinstated as a police officer. This award is the result of the grievance process. See the attached decision.

Ron Frashour's employment was terminated by the Police Chief, an action approved by the Mayor, for violating Directive 1010.10 Deadly Physical Force, Directive 1010.20 Physical Force, and Directive 315.30 Unsatisfactory Performance.

"I spoke with Aaron Campbell's mother today and expressed my disappointment in today's ruling," Mayor Sam Adams said. "Chief Reese and I have been vocal about our stance on this case and we asked for this officer to be removed from service, based on the facts of the investigation and our policies. The City is reviewing all of its options, including whether we can appeal, and whether this is an award that is enforceable under state law."

"The decision regarding this discipline was incredibly difficult and complex" said Chief Michael Reese. "While I believe that each Bureau member was attempting to do their best, it was important to recognize the significant issues in regard to policy violations and performance issues that were brought forward. I concurred with recommendations made by the Performance Review Board and delivered what I believed to be appropriate discipline."

The Mayor and Police Chief are disappointed in this ruling. However, out of this tragedy came several changes in police tactics and training, including:

  • re-evaluating the Bureau's less lethal directives to ensure uniformity;
  • ensuring members who are selected to train and carry an AR15 rifle receive a comprehensive performance evaluation that includes the reinforcement of the Bureau's Use of Force Directive;
  • establishing an annual Less Lethal operator in-service;
  • conducting command officer training on leadership in tactical incidents; and
  • continued emphasis in training on de-escalation of people in mental health crisis as well as reviewing training scenarios to ensure they construct a need for situational awareness so members are trained in identifying the totality of circumstances in deadly force incidents.

The Community and Police Relations Committee also conducted a thoughtful review of our force policy and practice and made numerous recommendations—several of which Chief Reese is implementing.

The Mayor and Chief Reese remain committed to working with this and other community groups to police in a way reflective of community desires.

"As Chief, I remain committed to continuing to looking at national best practices, improving partnerships with mental health service providers, and refining tactics and training that involve people in mental health crisis," Chief Reese said.

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