November 30th, 2009 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Advocate Seeks Audit After Officer Christopher Humphreys' Stress Claim

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After an officer involved in a controversial beanbag shooting filed a stress claim with the city, a prominent mental health advocate says he'll ask the the city auditor to investigate disability claims by cops under discipline.

Jason Renaud, a volunteer with the Mental Health Association of Portland and a high-profile critic of police action in the death of James Chasse Jr., tells WW he'll meet with City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade on Friday.

"We are going to meet with the auditor ... to formally ask her to audit the process of disability claims by police officers coinciding with discipline," Renaud says by email. "There's a long history of this in the (police bureau) and the (police union) has efforted mightily over the decades to evade reform.

"It breeds pessimism," Renaud adds.

Sgt. Scott Westerman, president of the police union, has not yet returned a phone call seeking comment. The union today is busy counting ballots in a no-confidence vote on Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Chief Rosie Sizer. Results are expected around 4 pm.

The vote comes after police rallied last week in support of Officer Christopher Humphreys. Saltzman placed Humphreys on administrative leave Nov. 19 pending an investigation into a Nov. 14 incident where Humphreys shot a 12-year-old girl with a less-lethal beanbag gun.

As first reported in The Oregonian, Humphreys filed a stress claim with the city after Saltzman announced he was taking Humphreys' badge and gun away.
 
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