City Offers $21,000 in Lawsuit by Cop Transferred to Property Room

The City of Portland has offered $21,000 to settle a lawsuit by a police officer who claimed he suffered retaliation after voicing concern about one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse Jr. Officer Tom Brennan was transferred from patrol duty to working in the Police Bureau property room last January. The move came shortly after Brennan expressed concern about a heated encounter ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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 ...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Mental Health Advocates Demand Release of Chasse Records

Approaching the three-year mark since the death of James Chasse Jr. in police custody, the Mental Health Association of Portland has launched an online petition demanding the city release records and a finding of facts in the case. The petition is addressed to Mayor Sam Adams, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Police Chief Rosie Sizer. It begins: We, the signers of this petition, are persons ...   More
Thursday, August 20, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Mental Health Advocates Call on Chasse Officers to Resign (Updated with Union Comment)

Four organizations that deal with mental-health issues in Oregon are joining together to call for the resigations of the officers who arrested James Chasse Jr. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America of Oregon, Disability Rights Oregon and the Mental Health Association of Portland are asking elected officials and community members to join in calling for the voluntary resignations ...   More
Monday, October 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Judge: Chasse Trial May Move Out of Portland Due to Media Coverage

A federal judge warned in court today he may move the civil trial over the death of James Chasse Jr. out of Portland because heavy media coverage may have poisoned the pool of jurors. "We're going to have a heck of a time finding a jury in this case that has not read information or come to some opinion based on information that may or may not be relevant," said U.S. District Court Judge Garr ...   More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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, ...   More
Friday, November 20, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Polls Portlanders

The Portland police union's push for better PR continues this month with a poll on public perception. Sgt. Scott Westerman (see photo), head of the Portland Police Association, says the union paid for a poll of hundreds of Portland residents this month to learn their opinion on public safety. "The PPA has hired a company to do polling of City of Portland residents to better communicate with ...   More
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

City to Judge: Move Chasse Trial to Eastern Oregon (Pretty Please?)

Those who are following the city's attempts to fend off a lawsuit by James Chasse Jr's family know that the city is trying to convince U.S District Court Judge Garr King to move the trial out of Portland. City lawyers requested the move last month, arguing they couldn't get a fair jury trial in Portland because of the deluge of media coverage about Chasse's 2006 death in police custody. Attorneys ...   More
Monday, February 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Chasse Cop Caught in Road Rage Incident

One of the Portland cops involved in the 2006 death of James Chasse Jr. was involved over the weekend in a road-rage incident in Washington County. Portland police have opened an internal investigation in the incident, which cops say occurred when Sgt. Kyle Nice was off-duty on Saturday afternoon. Police here found out about the incident at Southwest 80th and Oleson over the weekend. But ...   More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Protesters Demand Police Reform in Portland

Demonstrators protesting Portland police abuses again took to the streets Friday night, gathering at NW 13th and Everett – the Pearl district spot where police in 2006 first confronted James Chasse Jr., who later died in custody. This protest was smaller and much more peaceful than a larger anti-police demonstration downtown last week. At 5 pm Friday, around 30 protesters mingled on the ...   More
Saturday, April 10, 2010 Ott Tammik


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