Friday, February 19, 2010

Jesse Jackson, Jr., Human and Civil Rights Advocate, Speaks Out in Oregon on Shooting of Unarmed Black Man

Photographer: Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian

Calling the Portand, Oregon police shooting of an unarmed man an "execution," the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday said letting the police officer who fired the shot return to work as scheduled is "insulting."

Jackson was in Portland to talk to local leaders about the Jan. 29 shooting death of Aaron M. Campbell; he made the statement to media and during an evening rally at the Maranatha Church in Northeast Portland. The rally drew a standing-room only crowd in the sanctuary, which seats 1,200 people.

Jackson, long known worldwide as an advocate for human and civil rights, added that he is asking the federal Department of Justice and the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., to review the shooting.

Helen Jung, reporter for the Oregonian, writes more on this story ...
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