Portland advocates rally for justice in Aaron Campbell death

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About 100 people gathered this morning on the steps of the Downtown Justice Center in Portland to issue a call for justice in the Aaron Campbell shooting, a botched effort at crisis response that ended up taking a young man’s life.

The rally was organized by the Mental Health Association of Portland and the Albina Ministerial Alliance to draw attention to the police shooting of Campbell, 25.

Supporters called for a public inquest into the death, and the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into excessive use of force by Portland Police.

Dr. LeRoy Haynes, of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, said that, although the community had been disappointed by a grand jury’s refusal to indict Officer Ronald Frashour in the death, they will continue to struggle.

“We will continue to knock on the doors of City Hall and the criminal justice system for justice,” said Dr. Haynes.

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