May 11th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts, CLEAN UP

Read The Document: City Settles Chasse Case (Updated with Settlement Amount)


The city of Portland has agreed to a settlement with the family of James Chasse Jr., according to a document filed yesterday in federal court.

A source at the city says the city agreed to pay $1.6 million. As previously reported in WW, the first million comes out of the city's coffers. The city's insurance carrier picks up the rest.

The order of dismissal (PDF) filed Monday says the case is dismissed without prejudice because the parties have settled. It does not disclose the amount of the settlement.

Chasse, a 42-year-old schizophrenic man, died in police custody in 2006. Multnomah County settled its portion of the lawsuit last year for $925,000. The ambulance company American Medical Response later settled for a reported $600,000.

City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who once called Chasse's death "completely unjustifiable and inexcusable," said by email this morning he has not been informed of Monday's settlement.

"No one from the city's attorneys office or any other office has contacted me about a settlement," Leonard wrote. "In the past, I have learned of settlements only when they appear on the council calendar. I would hope the Chasse case does not follow that precedent."
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