November 20th, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Humphreys' Use of Force: Watch the Video


You've probably heard by now that Portland Police Officer Christopher Humphreys — the cop who took James Chasse Jr. to the ground the day Chasse died in police custody in 2006 — has been placed on administrative leave.

Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman made the decision Thursday to take Humphreys off duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation of an incident last Saturday night, when Humphreys fired a beanbag round at close range on a 12-year-old girl on an East Portland MAX platform.

Sgt. Scott Westerman, head of the police union, has argued that Humphreys' use of the beanbag round was justified and instantly put a stop to the girl's violent behavior toward Officer Aaron Dauchy. The girl, who has not been named by authorities, allegedly punched Dauchy in the face before scuffling with him on the MAX platform.

Westerman believes that any reasonable person who watches the video will conclude that Humphreys' use of force was appropriate and exactly what Portland citizens expect of their police. What do you think? The actions starts around 1:10.


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