City Council votes to appeal state labor board's Frashour ruling

City Council votes to appeal state labor board's Frashour ruling
Aaron Campbell

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland City Council voted unanimously Thursday for a court appeal of the state labor board's decision that says the city has to reinstate a fired police officer after he shot and killed an unarmed man.

An arbitrator and the state Employment Labor Relations Board ruled that Officer Ron Frashour should get his job back after shooting Aaron Campbell in January 2010 outside a Northeast Portland apartment complex.

The resolution passed by the commissioners Thursday allows the city attorney to appeal the city's case to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

On Tuesday support among all city commissioners solidified behind Mayor Sam Adams' push for a court appeal of the board's decision.

City Commissioners said the arbitration and state labor board systems are both biased in favor of public employees, and they want to turn the firing of Frashour into a test case for managing these kinds of disputes.

The mayor and other city council members feel Frashour's actions the night of the shooting violated his training, despite the rulings.

They maintain he doesn't belong on Portland's police force and that the review process unfairly ties the city's hands by ordering reinstatement.