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Police union reacts to Frashour decision

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The Portland Police Association released the following statement in connection with an arbitrator's ruling that Ron Frashour should be reinstated as a police officer.

For the fifth time, an independent review of the actions of Officer Ron Frashour has found that Officer Frashour fully complied with the law and with national and local standards for the use of force. After an 18-day trial, Arbitrator Jane Wilkinson has ruled that Officer Frashour's actions and decision making were those of a reasonable police officer, and that his conduct was fully in compliance with his training.

The hearing before Arbitrator Wilkinson could hardly have been more thorough. More than 30 witnesses testified, and thousands of pages of exhibits were considered. Expert witnesses on police procedures and deadly force incidents testified at great length. The City was represented by one of the best labor law firms in the country. Arbitrator Wilkinson, who once served as the chairperson of Washington's Public Employment Relations Commission, has more than 20 years experience as an arbitrator, and is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Arbitrators.

In the end, facts are important. Arbitrator Wilkinson conclusively ruled that Officer Frashour reasonably believed that Mr. Campbell, who had threatened "suicide by police/' was armed and was reaching for his weapon at the time he was shot. 25 Portland police officers, who collectively have hundreds of years of service for the City, testified that Officer Frashour's decision to use deadly force was reasonable and in full compliance with the Bureau's rules.

The Portland Police Association cannot allow Portland Police Officers to face termination and substantial discipline for doing their jobs correctly. If that occurs, public safety would be deeply compromised. The events of January 29, 2010, were a tragedy for the Campbell family and the City. It was wrong, though, to compound that tragedy with political decision making that disregarded the facts of what occurred that night. The neutral arbitrator agreed to by the City to hear the case has found the same thing as the grand jury that considered the case more than two years ago- that Officer Frashour was credible, and that he was not at fault in the incident.

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