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Community leaders protest fired PPB officer's court-ordered reinstatement

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Community leaders gathered outside City Hall to protest a court ruling ordering the city to reinstate a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2010.

The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling ordering the city to re-hire Officer Ron Frashour, who shot and killed Aaron Campbell in 2010.

At the demonstration Thursday morning, members of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform said the ruling shows a lack of accountability for police officers in Portland.

Frashour shot Campbell in the back, claiming he thought the 25-year-old was reaching for a gun.

A grand jury cleared the officer of wrongdoing, but he was discharged from the Portland Police Bureau.

An independent arbitrator ruled Frashour should return to work in 2012, but then-Mayor Sam Adams refused.

The new court ruling means Frashour could be back on the job as early as next week.

The AMA called for the Portland Police Bureau to assign Frashour a desk job with no contact with the public.

“Our safety is at jeopardy for him walking these streets any longer as an officer,” said Rev. T. Allen Bethel. “Even not as an officer, we don’t feel safe.”

They also called for city leaders to continue fighting Frashour’s reinstatement.

“Why are they just buckling and allow this guy to come back on the force?” asked Jo Ann Hardesty, the president of Portland’s NAACP and an AMA coalition member.

Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement Wednesday calling the court ruling a “regrettable decision.”

According to the statement, Frashour will be assigned to training. Once he is oriented to the bureau's policies, his assignment will be determined.

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