In Payouts for Police Use of Force, Portland Really is a First-Tier City (Updated)


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Monday's $1.6 million settlement of the lawsuit over the death of James Chasse Jr. is the biggest payout over police use-of-force in city history. And it also plants Portland firmly as a first-tier city in at least one regard — the cost of covering its alleged police brutality. An analysis by WW shows that compared with three other cities of comparable size, Portland is a frontrunner for ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Rosie Sizer and Sam Adams On $1.6 Million Chasse Settlement


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Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Mayor Sam Adams have released statements this afternoon on the city's $1.6 million settlement with the family of James Chasse Jr. Sizer says she is "relieved" by the settlement. Here's what else she had to say: Nearly four years ago, James Chasse died in the custody of Portland Police officers. I and members of my organization felt horrible about his death. ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Saltzman on Chasse Settlement: 'The Best Interests of Our City' (UPDATED With Comment From Chasse Family)


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Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman this afternoon apologized to the family of James Chasse Jr. after the city reached a $1.6 million settlement in a lawsuit over Chasse's 2006 death in police custody. "I believe this proposed settlement to be in the best interests of our city and our community, and it's my hope that by settling this case, we can begin to heal from the tragic death of Mr. Chasse," ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Auditor Releases Chasse Report (Updated With Comment From Mayor Sam Adams)


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The city auditor's office today released (PDF) the results of an outside expert's investigation into why it took more than three years for Portland police to finish their investigation into the death of James Chasse Jr. in police custody. While the report notes that the Police Bureau has made changes since 2006 and has "comparatively excellent processes for investigating and reviewing critical ...   More
 
Friday, July 23, 2010 HANK STERN

Lawyers: 'The Coverup Killed James Chasse'


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Two lawyers for the family of James Chasse Jr. went public today with newly released documents they say lead to a chilling conclusion: Chasse died in police custody in 2006 because cops tried to hide his injuries and lied about who he was. "If there hadn't been a coverup by police, James Chasse would be alive today," said lawyer Tom Steenson at a news conference in downtown Portland's Ace Hotel. The ...   More
 
Monday, October 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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