Aaron Campbell (1984 - 2010)

On January 26, 2010, 25-year-old Aaron Campbell was shot in the back by police officers in Portland, Oregon. Portland police officers went to a residence to conduct a welfare check after receiving a call about an armed and suicidal man. Campbell emerged from the residence walking backwards (his back towards the officers) and his hands on his head. According to reports, Campbell was shot in the back six times with bean bags after not heeding police instructions to put his hands in the air. As Campbell reached towards his back, Officer Ronald Frashour fatally wounded him with an assault rifle. Frashour claimed that he believed Campbell was reaching for a gun in his waistband. However, Campbell was unarmed. 

10 months after Campbell’s death, Frashour was fired. The other officers involved were suspended. 

The jury concluded that it was reasonable for Frashour to think (the already wounded) Campbell was reaching for a gun. 

In February 2012, the city of Portland agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of Campbell.

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

Willammette Week

Campbell family press release