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Just days before a federal civil rights trial was supposed to start over the 2010 police shooting of Aaron Campbell, the City of Portland settled with Campbell's family for $1.2 million—the most money the city's insurer has ever paid out for a claim against the Portland Police Bureau. The settlement, plus an apology from Mayor Sam Adams, ends an awkward dance for Portland officials, who were simultaneously defending their decision in November 2010 to fire the officer who killed Campbell, Ron Frashour. Overall, the shooting may wind up costing more than $2 million. The city has spent more than $400,000 fending off the Portland Police Association's challenge of Frashour's dismissal. And, as of last May, the federal trial had already socked the city with nearly $300,000 in legal costs. DENIS C. THERIAULT


Homeless advocates and activists packed city council on Wednesday, February 1, to protest the city's camping ban and pressure commissioners to waive hundreds of dollars in code violation fees levied on the NW 4th and Burnside Right 2 Dream Too tent city. Several dozen protesters even slept on the sidewalk outside city hall before the protest. "Instead of expensive police contact, sidewalk cleanup, and impact on local businesses, we have become good neighbors," Right 2 Dream Too supporter Kevin Nolan told council, which is not currently considering any motion to waive the $640 monthly fines. SARAH MIRK


The Portland Police Bureau cracked down hard on an anti-police-brutality march that wandered across Southeast Portland on Monday, February 6, arresting 10 people over the course of a few hours. The march, affiliated with Occupy Portland but not officially sanctioned by the movement, wound up attracting a handful of provocateurs who busted windows, tagged cars, and dumped out some garbage—but that's not who police arrested. Instead, officers targeted other protesters standing on sidewalks and, according to witnesses, a man standing on his front lawn. DCT

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