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Officer fired for 2010 shooting of unarmed man will return to Portland Police Bureau

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Scene of officer-involved shooting in 2010. Officer Ron Frashour shot and killed Aaron Campbell. Scene of officer-involved shooting in 2010. Officer Ron Frashour shot and killed Aaron Campbell.
2010 file image of protest in downtown Portland regarding the deadly shooting of Aaron Campbell by Officer Ron Frashour. 2010 file image of protest in downtown Portland regarding the deadly shooting of Aaron Campbell by Officer Ron Frashour.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An officer who was fired after the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in the back in 2010 will return to work at the Portland Police Bureau.

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld an arbitrator's ruling that the city must rehire Officer Ron Frashour.  

Frashour has been on leave since Aug. 27, 2010

City officials fired Frashour after concluding he shot a man, Aaron Campbell, who didn't pose an immediate threat of harm.

Police responded to Campbell's girlfriend's apartment after a 911 caller reported he was armed and suicidal over his brother's death earlier in the day.

After texting and talking with officers, Campbell came out of the apartment with his hands on his head. Investigators said when he didn't comply with orders, an officer fired bean bag rounds at him.

Thinking Campbell was reaching for a gun, Frashour opened fire with his AR-15 rifle and hit him in the back. Campbell died as a result of the shooting.

In the weeks that followed, outcry over the death increased. The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Portland and called Campbell's death "an execution."

Campbell's mother accepted a $1.2 million settlement from the city in connection with her son's death.

Frashour was cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury, but he was fired anyway in November 2010 over claims of not following police bureau policies and procedures.

However, an arbitrator and the Oregon Employment Relations Board ruled in 2012 that the city had to reinstate him, stating Frashour wasn't out of line for shooting before seeing a weapon, based on police bureau training.

The city was also ordered to pay Frashour for wages lost during his unemployment.

At the time, then-Mayor Sam Adams vowed to challenge the ruling.

On Wednesday, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that Frashour be reinstated, saying, "the board correctly determined that it was an unfair labor practice for the city to refuse to comply with the arbitration award."

This case has spanned two mayors and three police chiefs in Portland.

Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement Wednesday saying it was a "regrettable decision" by the court to reinstate Frashour.

"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 said, adding that Portland police use of force has declined 37 percent since 2010.

Officer Frashour will be assigned to the training division for reorientation, but his assignment with the Portland Police Bureau at the completion of his training has yet to be determined.

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