May 6th, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Chasse Case: DA Declines to Prosecute Humphreys on Jail Video Evidence


Police Chief Rosie Sizer announced this afternoon that the Multnomah County District Attorney's office has declined to prosecute Officer Christopher Humphreys based on evidence in an enhanced jailhouse video recording.

Humphreys was one of the officers involved in the controversial 2006 in-custody death of James Chasse Jr.

In a news release (PDF), Sizer says that the DA's office reviewed a video released by Chasse family attorney Tom Steenson. Steenson has said the video reveals conflicting statements Humphreys made about how he took Chasse to the ground.

Humphreys is "pleased" and "relieved" by the news, says the police union president, Sgt. Scott Westerman. But the story isn't over yet. In the news release, Sizer says the matter now will be reviewed by the Police Bureau's internal affairs division.

Westerman has taken repeated public swipes at Sizer for delaying her recommendation on whether to discipline Humphreys.

Westerman has told WW that the police Use of Force Review Board cleared Humphreys, but that the decision on whether to discipline him for his use of force has been stalled at Sizer's desk, leaving Humphreys dangling more than two years after Chasse died.

Today, Westerman again urged Sizer to make her decision. "The (union) still believes that that information should be released now," Westerman says.
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