One Notable Difference in How Chief Sizer Handled the Chasse and Kaer Cases (Updated with Sizer No-Comment)


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Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer has signed a letter of proposed discipline for the cops who arrested James Chasse Jr., despite a public disagreement with Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman over the punishment he recommended. Officer Chris Humphreys and Sgt. Kyle Nice got letters on Wednesday proposing 80 hours of unpaid leave for their role in Chasse's 2006 death in police custody. Sizer's signature ...   More
 
Thursday, November 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

WW's Kruger Coverage Makes the Police Union Newsletter


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Our story last month about Portland Police Capt. Mark Kruger's history of wearing Nazi memorabilia received a mention in today's edition of the police-union newsletter. Sgt. Scott Westerman, the union president, cites an email Sizer wrote supporting Kruger the day after the story came out. Westerman slams Sizer for failing to support the cops who arrested James Chasse Jr. in the same way — ...   More
 
Friday, November 6, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Officers Told Today At Roll Call That Chasse Cop Christopher Humphreys In Recent Use-Of-Force Incident


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East Precinct police officers were told today at roll call that Christopher Humphreys, one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse (photo above), was involved in a use-of-force incident recently in East Portland. Reports are not entirely complete, but apparently there was a struggle between an officer and a teen-ager and Humphreys fired a beanbag round at the teen-ager from a distance ...   More
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Chasse Cop Christopher Humphreys Placed on Administrative Leave (UPDATED with union reaction)


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Portland Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman has directed that Police Officer Christopher Humphreys be placed on administrative leave while investigators look into Humphreys firing a beanbag round at the thigh of a 12-year-old girl at close range. In this release (PDF), police say Humphreys —who also was involved in the death of James Chasse— and Officer Aaron Dauchy responded to a ...   More
 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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 ...   More
 
Monday, November 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Mental Health Advocate Takes on Saltzman for City Council


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In his second straight day in the news, prominent mental-health advocate Jason Renaud announced today he'll run against City Commissioner Dan Saltzman next year. Renaud, a volunteer for the Mental Health Association of Portland, is a prominent critic of the police role in the in-custody death three years ago of James Chasse Jr. Renaud (pictured above) also weighed in on Saltzman's decision ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Police's Probe Of Humphreys Beanbag Shooting: 'A Little Bit of Time'


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This week we reported that Portland Police internal-affairs detectives have yet to interview Officer Christopher Humphreys about shooting a 12-year-old girl with a beanbag gun two months ago. The bureau is investigating Humphreys for possible violations of policy from the Nov. 12 beanbag shooting — a probe that brought hundreds of cops downtown to rally against Police Commissioner Dan ...   More
 
Friday, January 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman Puts Chasse Cop on Desk Duty after Road Rage Case


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Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman tells WW he and Chief Rosie Sizer decided today to take Sgt. Kyle Nice off the street following a recent off-duty road-rage incident in Washington County. Nice — one of the cops involved in the 2006 death of James Chasse Jr. in police custody — is currently on paid leave pending an internal Portland police investigation of the road-rage incident. ...   More
 
Monday, April 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

After Road Rage, Saltzman May Take Chasse Cop Off Street


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After Portland Police Sgt. Kyle Nice's reported road-rage incident last weekend, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman may take Nice off the street. "I am considering it," Saltzman said this morning in a WW endorsement interview. Saltzman said he has spoken with Chief Rosie Sizer about the matter and is scheduled to do so again today. He says he will make a decision by Monday. Saltzman also ...   More
 
Friday, April 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read The Document: City Settles Chasse Case (Updated with Settlement Amount)


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The city of Portland has agreed to a settlement with the family of James Chasse Jr., according to a document filed yesterday in federal court. A source at the city says the city agreed to pay $1.6 million. As previously reported in WW, the first million comes out of the city's coffers. The city's insurance carrier picks up the rest. The order of dismissal (PDF) filed Monday says the case ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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