Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Inquiry in Oregon Into Controversial Police Shooting of Black Man

portland_BadgeBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened a civil rights inquiry into a controversial shooting in Portland, Ore, which has the black community up in arms.

The Associated Press reports that the investigators are looking into the shooting of Aaron Campbell, an African American, who was shot in the back by a white police officer “after emerging from an apartment with his hands over his head Jan. 29.”

The officer said he thought Campbell was reaching for a gun, AP reported.

U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton and Oregon’s top FBI agent Special Agent in Charge Arthur Balizan announced the preliminary inquiry on Thursday.

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