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DOJ, PPB to sign agreement over 2006 death

Posted by admin2 on 23rd March 2014

From KOIN.com, March 23, 2014

Eds. note – the headline in this article is inaccurate, but is posted as written. On March 24 Judge Michael Simon will hear further testimony about whether the trial of Department of Justice v City of Portland should proceed. At some point after that hearing Simon will determine whether a trial should proceed. The City of Portland City Council agreed to sign the Agreement in November 2012. There were several other minor inaccuracies in this article which are changed for clarity’s sake.

After the Department of Justice found the Portland Police Bureau had a pattern of using excessive force in dealing with the mentally ill, an agreement over policy changes is expected to be signed on Friday.

But mental health advocates are concerned the agreement doesn’t do enough to prevent incidents from continuing.

In 2006, officers thought James Chasse was urinating in public. When officers approached, he ran away.

The schizophrenic man was then tackled and Tasered, and then died in a police car on the way to the hospital after a nurse at the jail denied police when they tried to drop him off.

The jailhouse video was given to the producer of a documentary on Chasse, ‘Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse’ which will be released on Tuesday. The producer said this case showcases the problems the city of Portland is not addressing.

His mother, Linda Gerber, told KOIN 6 News, “He just didn’t have a fair shake in life like most people do.”

Since Chasse’s death, PPB has taken steps to change, including the creation of a behavioral health unit.

All officers are now given training on how to handle people with mental illness.

“What we’re asking people to do is think about, is this worth chasing someone down for a potentially using force,” PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson told KOIN 6 News.

But mental health advocates and police said there needs to be a safe place for people in with mental illness to go in a crisis.

“The city recognizes through this agreement it may be something they need to do,” Simpson said. “We used to have one at a hospital. It was a crisis triage center, our drop off center for officers. That was very helpful.”

But the agreement states the city should set up a drop-off or walk-in center by mid-2013. There are no signs of that happening.

“I look at the city response or lack of response,” said Chasse’s friend Steve Doughton, “I just say it’s not Jim who’s crazy.”

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They got him on the run: Alien Boy documents a too-short, long-remembered life

Posted by Jenny on 11th March 2014

By Kathy Fennessy, The Stranger, March 10, 2014

Alien Boy, winner of the best film award at the 2013 Local Sightings Festival, begins with references to Portland bands like Poison Idea and the Wipers, but it isn’t a music film. It’s a documentary about police brutality and mental illness, since subject James Chasse, also known as Jim Jim, suffered from schizophrenia, a condition that inadvertently contributed to his tragic death.

According to his parents, Chasse had a normal childhood until junior high, when things started to get weird. But music was a solace. He sang in a band and started a fanzine, The Oregon Organizm, to which notable writers like Joe Carducci contributed. Chasse’s girlfriend remembers that he would wear whatever he wanted, including women’s clothing, for which he would get beaten up. It didn’t deter him, but the demons in his head were another matter, and his behavior became erratic.

When Chasse told Greg Sage of the Wipers that he felt like an alien, the singer turned that admission into the song “Alien Boy” (it’s fitting that Kurt Cobain shows up, via archival footage, as it’s hard not to hear Nirvana’s origins in that adolescent snarl and bass-heavy rhythm), but the Wipers connection ends there.

Chasse maintained his friendships as best he could, but while his associates were finding their way in the world, he ended up in a mental institution and a series of group homes before eventually reentering society. Independence came with a price. When he neglected to take his meds, he would stop bathing, soil himself, and face rejection from the local establishments in which his parents, James and Linda, would attempt to catch up with him. They appear to have done what they could, but it seems clear that things would only get worse.

And that’s what happened: things went from bad to horrific when an arrest for suspected public urination turned lethal. The cops used excessive force and Chasse, who didn’t receive appropriate medical treatment, died in police custody. The Oregonian and The Portland Mercury documented the ways police failed Chasse, including the untruths they told his family (former Mercury news editor Matt Davis appears in the film).

It’s all pretty grim. In contrast to the officers’ testimony during the ensuing court case, photographic evidence and surveillance footage—including disturbing audio—confirm that they acted inappropriately. Chasse may have run from the authorities, but he wasn’t combative, he wasn’t armed, and he wasn’t on drugs. He died in 2006, but the findings of the internal affairs investigation wouldn’t be released until 2010, while the family’s lawsuit wouldn’t be settled until 2011.

As Linda puts it, “He didn’t ever get to live the mainstream life of an average American man.” All those avenues—college, a music career, etc.—ended when his illness kicked in. Consequently, there wasn’t as much music content in the documentary as I had hoped, but there’s value here for viewers interested in the intersection of the police, their training, and the way we treat the mentally ill. At the very least, Chasse’s death has helped to inspire change in the city of his birth.

Alien Boy plays Northwest Film Forum through Thurs, Mar 13 (no 9pm show on Mon). Breaking Glass plans to release the film on home video later this spring.

 

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Review: Alien Boy is a must-watch for Seattle’s mayor

Posted by Jenny on 4th March 2014

By Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly, March 4, 2014

James Chasse Poet MusicianAlien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse
Runs Fri., March 7–Thurs., March 13 at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated. 90 minutes.

Seen during last fall’s Local Sightings Film Festival, this Portland documentary was my top pick—and the jury-award winner, hence its return engagement. The 2006 death in police custody of homeless person with schizophrenia, James Chasse, will inevitably remind viewers of our own SPD shooting of John T. Williams in 2010. It also has echoes in last fall’s fatal stabbing of a Sounders fan in Pioneer Square by Donnell D. Jackson, evidently also a schizophrenic failed by the system.

Is there a culture of aggro cops, both here in Portland, that Mayor Ed Murray and our next police chief need to address? Alien Boy strongly suggests so. In Portland’s trendy Pearl District, the frail 42-year-old Chasse is football-tackled to the pavement by a cop for peeing in public. A dozen ribs are broken, a lung is punctured, Chasse is hogtied and taken to the station, and he soon dies of respiratory arrest. At the time, Chasse was a shy, fearful man living in assisted housing who loved coffee shops and the library. Friends and family tenderly recall an avid music fan during the punk-rock ’80s who published a zine, then succumbed to schizophrenia as a teenager.

Director Brian Lindstrom spent a half-dozen years following public demands for police accountability and the ensuing lawsuit against the city. Depositions and station-house videos are damning, though Lindstrom grants a police-union rep space to respond. Incoming mayor Sam Adams eventually fires the old police chief; but as in Seattle, street-level cops are maddeningly untouchable—they have all the protections and benefits that Chasse was denied in his unhappy life.

Eight years later in a different city, our new mayor can’t seem to get a handle on police discipline. Alien Boy is a film that Ed Murray and his next police chief should be required to be see. It ought to be mandatory viewing for all Seattle cops, veterans and rookies alike. Peeing in public is a nuisance, not a crime. And as this city grows ever richer yet more stratified between Amazon workers and those seeking shelter bunks (or sleeping beneath the viaduct); as taxpayers seem unwilling to fund needed mental-health services for the homeless, our sidewalks will increasingly be shared with the indigent, the mentally ill, and those committing illegal acts both large and small. James Chasse was a sad casualty of that economic conflict, a small, weak man whom the authorities deliberately chose not to protect or serve.

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Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival – Alien Boy review

Posted by Jenny on 15th November 2013

Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival 2013

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Reviewed by Andrew Parker, DorkShelf.com, Nov. 10, 2013

James Chasse lies in the street after being beaten by police.

James Chasse lies in the street after being beaten by police.

James Chasse as a young boy.

James Chasse as a young boy.

An incendiary look into a case of police brutality, Brian Lindstrom’s look at one man [with schizophrenia and his] undignified and completely preventable death might be the heaviest film in this year’s festival line-up, but it also might be the most important.

On the afternoon of September 18th, 2006 in Portland, Oregon, former local punk scene stalwart James Chasse was stopped by the police under suspicion of urinating in public and generally acting spooked and paranoid. Roughly an hour later, he died from numerous broken ribs as the result of blunt force trauma and Tasering. It was an extremely well documented moment of brutality and incompetence seen by dozens of witnesses who would all say Chasse was more frightened than combative. Even hospital security camera footage shows the main officers involved (one of whom had the second highest rate of using force in the city) bragging about the incident and dragging the still alive and still very much in pain Chasse around the emergency room like a rag doll. And in spite of all of this, no criminal charges were ever filed and no remorse was shown by those responsible.

Lindstrom’s take on such a gross miscarriage of justice – one that would have been reprehensible regardless of Chasse’s mental state – is as gut-wrenching as it is comprehensive, leaving no stone unturned or viewpoint silenced. Talking to witnesses, former friends, his parents, and police union representatives with speeches so rehearsed it’s sickening, Alien Boy is assuredly depressing and sure to induce anger in most who watch it, but it’s also an invaluable document when talking about the need for better understanding of mental illness and special training that should be mandatory for anyone in the position of protecting people everywhere.

Considering James’ mental state, there’s not too much about the man’s actual life that can be confirmed, but there’s more than enough about the tragic aftermath surrounding his passing.

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Screens

Friday, November 15th, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6:30pm

Screening to be followed by a panel discussion with director Brian Lindstrom in attendance, and quite a stacked panel, including:

  • Moderator Susan Pigott: Executive in Residence at Ashoka Canada. Last June, she left CAMH where she was VP Communication and Community Engagement at CAMH for 6 years.
  • Pat Capponi: Author of five non-fiction books (including Bound by Duty- Walking the Beat with Canada’s Cops) and two mysteries (Penguin and HarperCollins) dealing with poverty and mental illness. She is a psychiatric survivor who works to empower her community as Lead facilitator at Voices From the Street, is co-chair of the Mental Health sub-committee of the Toronto Police Board, and is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, Queen’s Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals among other honours.
  • Lucy Costa: A systemic advocate with the Empowerment Council in CAMH. She is a Board Member with ARCH Disability Law Centre, Board Vice Chair of Sound Times Support Services and founder of the Mad Students Society. She is currently a Masters of Law student at Osgoode Hall Law School.
  • Matt Gurney: Columnist, Comment section editor and editorial board member at the National Post. He is host of The Exchange on News Talk Radio CJAD 800 in Montreal. He writes and speaks often on policing and mental health-care issues.
  • Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos: Clinician Scientist and the Psychiatrist-In-Chief at St. Michael’s. She is the Director of the Division of Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She works on the development and evaluation of interventions to address health disparities, focusing on those most disadvantaged.
  • Deputy Chief Michael Federico: Toronto Police Service. He has served over 40 years, and is currently in charge of Corporate Command which includes Human Resource Management, Corporate Services, Professional Standards and Corporate Communications. He is responsible for mental health and policing issues in the community and liaises regularly with mental health service providers and consumer-survivors to discuss matters of mutual concern including police training, equipment, tactics and relationships. He also oversees the Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams that pair a police officer with a mental health nurse to respond to non-criminal incidents involving emotionally disturbed persons. Deputy Chief Federico is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Vitanova Foundation, a community based substance abuse treatment centre.

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Canadian premiere of Alien Boy will take place at Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

Posted by Jenny on 1st November 2013

RWM 2013

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

James Chasse

James Chasse

Alien Boy will be shown at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, on Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30 PM, at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The showing will be Alien Boy’s Canadian premiere.

On September 17, 2006, James Chasse was stopped by three law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon, in broad daylight. A dozen eyewitnesses watched in horror as the officers tackled, beat, kicked, and Tasered James until he lay motionless on the pavement with 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung. He died in the back seat of a Portland Police car two hours later.

James had not committed a crime, so why did the officers attack him? Who was James Chasse? The officers told eyewitnesses that he was a drug dealer, a homeless person, a non-person, a ghost. However that wasn’t true at all. James was a writer, an illustrator, and a musician; he had a home and a family and friends who loved him. He was a small, shy, gentle person who had been living with schizophrenia for most of his life.

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse explores his childhood, his involvement in the early Portland punk music scene, the heart-breaking teenage onset of his schizophrenia, and his brave efforts to avoid institutionalization and maintain his independence.

Using interviews, personal writings, archival footage, official documents, and videotaped depositions of the police officers involved, the film examines James Chasse’s life and the police actions and decisions that led to his death. What emerges is an intimate and complex story of one man’s life, the Chasse family’s struggle for justice, and a city grappling with accountability.

Made as a Kickstarter project, Alien Boy took over six years to create with financial and in-kind support from over 1500 people.

Filmmaker Bio: Alien Boy is director Brian Lindstrom’s third feature-length documentary. Kicking (2003) is about drug detoxification and Finding Normal (2006) is about recovery from drug addiction.

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse
Friday, November 15
6:30pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox
Brian Lindstrom, USA, 2013, 90 min, English, Canadian Premiere, Rated 14A

Director Brian Lindstrom will be in attendance.

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On Lewis & Clark panel, ex-PPA attorney Will Aitchison fumbles explanation of accountability cases

Posted by Jenny on 3rd October 2013

By Denis C. Theriault, Portland Mercury, Oct. 2, 2013

Then-PPA attorney Will Aitchison (L) in 2010.

Then-PPA attorney Will Aitchison (L) in 2010, with Fred Bryant (R), father of Keaton Otis.

Will Aitchison, the longtime (and now retired) attorney for the Portland Police Association (PPA), was known for many things over the decades he spent defending his client in contract talks, court fights, government hearings, and arbitration cases.

He’s sharp-tongued. He’s deft with explanations. He’s disarmingly charming. And he’s always—impeccably—prepared for battle. Lore has it he’s never lost an excessive-force case in all his years working for the PPA.

His last bravura performance—the arbitration hearing that overturned the firing of Ron Frashour, the cop who shot and killed Aaron Campbell nearly four years ago—showcased each of those strengths.

When PPA President Daryl Turner publicly lambasted the city for failing to immediately abide by that ruling, his comments drew heavily from Aitchison’s pointed cross-examination of a former PPA president, Lieutenant Robert King. Under questioning from Aitchison, King (allegedly tearfully) acknowledged having changed his mind about Frashour’s conduct over the course of assembling a document reviewing whether the cop had followed training. The city’s expensive private lawyers apparently hadn’t realized the PPA was aware of King’s evolving opinion.

So imagine my surprise last Friday, September 27, when I heard Aitchison, in public, actually admit to being less than prepared.

Aitchison had agreed to participate in a police accountability panel at Lewis & Clark, part of the ACLU of Oregon’s annual conference. He’d spent several minutes mounting a cheery and technical defense of the role the PPA plays in the police discipline process.

His acknowledgment came after watching the panelist who followed him—attorney Greg Kafoury, one of the brightest lights in the city’s police accountability firmament—rip through a list of his recent cases. The whole thing was a good bit of theater in a conversation that laid bare the fundamental contradictions in Portland’s accountability mechanisms.

“I did not come here thinking this would be a discussion of individual incidents,” Aitchison deadpanned before telling the crowd, later, that just once in his tenure—Frashour’s case—did an arbitrator ever weigh the fate of a cop actually fired for excessive force.

It didn’t help. Kafoury, with the requisite bombast of a trial lawyer used to arguing in front of juries, had already won over the crowd (which included, it should be noted, Mayor Charlie Hales‘ chief of staff, Gail Shibley).

Greg Kafoury and his son, Jason Kafoury, have spent years persuading juries to award their clients taxpayer dollars in police misconduct cases. He offered a familiar list of cops and victims. And a point. For all the money his clients make, actual discipline for those incidents is exceedingly rare.

Sergeant Kyle Nice, a cop in the beating of James Chasse Jr., was later reported by another cop for anger issues, but kept on the streets—only to wind up in a road-rage case. Officer Leo Besner, who racked up hundreds of thousands in brutality settlements and jury awards, including the death of Raymond Gwerder, won a promotion and high praise from Police Chief Mike Reese.

Kafoury’s pièce de résistance, however, was a never-before-seen clip of retired Chief Rosie Sizer giving a deposition in Nice’s road-rage case. Sizer recalled the PPA’s march on city hall, in defense of a cop who bean-bagged a 12-year-old girl. She also admitted that no cop in all the years she’d been at the bureau had ever been fired over the excessive use of force.

“They didn’t survive the labor process,” she said.

Kafoury mused about the message all of that might send to young cops. That they can’t be touched. That a jury’s rebuke won’t matter. Not when commanders don’t care. Not when a skilled PPA attorney, in those examples that do manage to rouse the brass, outworks the city.

“Litigation is not the answer,” Kafoury said.

So what is? How about a citizen panel—an independent group charged with considering misconduct cases and then meting out punishment. It’ll take an expensive campaign to revise the city’s charter. Kafoury says he’s willing to help lead the way.

“Call my office and leave your name,” he said, “and say you’re interested.”

It was all very dramatic. But also important.

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Quick take from the Seattle Local Sightings Film Festival

Posted by admin2 on 29th September 2013

From the Seattle Weekly, September 24, 2013

UPDATE: Alien Boy won this festival on October 3.

Just as the Seahawks draw fans from as far away as Anchorage and Missoula and Boise and even (gasp!) Portland, the Local Sightings Film Festival has become a regional showcase for cinema from the greater Northwest. Now in its 16th edition, the fest has grown to nearly 20 features and docs this year, plus several packages of shorts, offsite screenings, and seminars featuring talent like Lynn Shelton (Touchy Feely, Humpday). There’s no theme per se besides low-budget indie regionalism, so you never know what title will resonate.

James Chasse, the subject of Alien Boy, as a young music fan

James Chasse, the subject of Alien Boy, as a young music fan

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The best and most infuriating title I previewed for LSFF is a documentary set in Portland’s trendy Pearl District circa 2006. In Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse (3 p.m. Sun.), its 42-year-old schizophrenic subject is football-tackled to the pavement by a cop for peeing in public. A dozen ribs are broken, a lung is punctured, Chasse is hogtied and taken to the station, and he soon dies of respiratory arrest. The case is like Seattle’s scandalous 2010 police shooting of John T. Williams, made even more timely by the recent Sounders stabber, Donnell D. Jackson, evidently also a schizophrenic failed by the system. Chasse was at the other end of the mental-health spectrum—a shy, frail, fearful man living in assisted housing who loved coffee shops and the library. Friends and family tenderly recall an avid music fan during the punk-rock ’80s who published a zine, then succumbed to schizophrenia during his late teen years.

In pursuing a story that was well-reported in Portland but not quite national news, director Brian Lindstrom spent a half-dozen years following public demands for police accountability and the lawsuit against the city. Depositions and station-house videos are damning, though Lindstrom grants a police-union rep space to respond. Incoming mayor Sam Adams eventually fires the old police chief, but as in Seattle, street-level cops are maddeningly untouchable—they have all the protections and benefits that Chasse was denied in his unhappy life. These overzealous officers also inevitably recall our own 2009 case in Belltown: Christopher Harris, permanently brain-damaged by King County sheriffs with a similarly aggressive tackle.

Alien Boy is a sad reminder of how, from Pioneer Square to the Pearl District to Times Square, our public places attract the indigent, the mentally ill, and those committing illegal acts. How we treat or police those people is a matter of public policy and spending priorities. The easiest option is to do nothing, making the life of James Chasse seem very cheap.

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Emily Walker: The message you’re sending

Posted by Jenny on 12th July 2013

By Emily Walker, PDXX Collective, July 12, 2013

James Chasse T-shirt

The author bought this T-shirt at In Other Words bookstore.

Living in Portland you have to know the name James Chasse.

You must know that police tackled Chasse, who was [diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia], in front of restaurants in the Pearl District. You must have heard that the three police officers involved alleged that Chasse was urinating when they went to approach him, while many eye witnesses said otherwise. You must have heard that he was tased and the police turned away the EMT’s sent to check Chasse. Surely you’ve seen the picture of him lying on the ground while cops stood drinking coffee above him. You had to have heard that when he was taken to jail the nurse there said he was too badly injured to remain there, and ordered the police to take him to a hospital. Maybe you’ve seen the gut-wrenching video from the jail of the cops carrying a hog-tied Chasse out to a patrol car, as he screamed in agony. And of course you must have heard that on the ride to Portland Adventist, James Chasse stopped breathing and died.

The State Medical Examiner said Chasse had 48 separate abrasions and bruises on his body, as well as 16 fractured ribs and 26 different breaks along his rib cage. The Oregonian’s columnist, Steve Duin (who also happens to be a veteran rugby player), balked at the assertion that only a tackle to the pavement resulted in those kinds of injuries; “If that’s the way it worked, a dozen rugby players would die every weekend out at Delta Park”.

As a result of Chasse’s death, the media fallout, legal settlements and a major investigation by the Department of Justice on how Portland’s law enforcement handles its [citizens with mental illness], the Portland Police Bureau had to face the hard reality that it was woefully behind other major American cities departments.

I remember watching a video on KGW news earlier this year profiling the news of Portland’s newest police unit—the Behavioral Health Unit, which includes proactive, front-line police patrols called the Mobile Crisis Unit—and thinking, finally. According to a press release from the Portland Police, the Mobile Crisis Unit involves three teams of cars, each with an officer and a social worker or mental health care worker riding along. In their press release, they describe how “the Mobile Crisis Unit will continue to proactively work with individuals who have multiple contacts with police to attempt to connect them with appropriate services in advance of a mental health crisis.” Memphis, Tennessee’s police department has had this program in their city since the late eighties, and Portland’s now modeled their program after it.

But about halfway through the KGW profile piece I’m confused and filled with rage.

The three officers involved in the Chasse case included Portland Police Officer Chris Humphreys and Sgt. Kyle Nice, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Bret Burton. Humphreys is now the sheriff in Wheeler County, Sgt. Nice was allowed to return to duty about a year ago, after an off-duty road rage incident where he pulled a gun on a motorist, and the Portland Police eventually hired Burton.

Anyone want to take a guess who one of the first officers hired for the MCU was?

A guy by the name of Officer Bret Burton.

Just so you know his role exactly, Burton was actually the one who tased Chasse that day.

“It’s something that’s definitely changed my life and changed the way we do police work here in the city,” he says in the KGW video piece when discussing Chasse’s death.

Yeah, and I bet it’s changed Chasse’s family and friends lives too.

By the way, the award for understatement of the year goes to Jason Renaud, co-founder of the Mental Health Association of Portland, when he told The Skanner, “We were very surprised that Burton was selected of all the officers taking courses”.

Has anything really changed with the Portland Police? By having one of the officers hired for this important unit be one of those whose interaction with Chasse ultimately led to his death, the department’s making a pretty strong statement regarding the priority of the MCU and the BHU, in my eyes. It feels like they’re essentially thumbing their noses at the Department of Justice regarding the settlement they were forced to make too.

All right, maybe I’m being a bit reactionary. Maybe Officer Burton is right for this unit because he has learned from the Chasse tragedy how to better handle someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Maybe he’s determined to never let something like this happen again and that’s why he was recruited to MCU. Perhaps what he says in that KGW report is right; Chasse’s death has changed him and it’s changed the Portland Police. Renaud (who knew Chasse personally) went on to tell The Skanner, “Perhaps he is the person who is most affected by this work and has somehow been transformed. Perhaps he is more conscious of people with mental illness.”

It is worth noting Burton and the other two officers that made initial contact with Chasse that day were never indicted, nor disciplined by any agency. You can have an opinion either way whether that was the right call or not.

But quite honestly, it feels like a slap in the face of anyone who struggles with mental health concerns. How could you, as [a person with mental illness] in crisis who makes contact with the MCU, ever fully trust them—much less Officer Burton if he shows up at your door? How can you ever fully believe the mission of the MCU is to actually help you? When the MCU comes across you when you are experiencing a mental health crisis, your first thought should be something like a feeling of relief that someone is going to work with you to get the help you need—not I hope I make it out of this cop car safely today.

Those dealing with certain types of mental health issues like schizophrenia, mania or psychosis can often become paranoid, and their delusions and hallucinations can even involve people in uniforms out to hurt them, like they are being specifically targeted. Oftentimes these often irrational thoughts are just part of their symptoms of their illness. But as the Portland Police seems to continue to pay lip service to the citizens they are sworn to protect—including their most vulnerable ones—maybe the irrational thoughts aren’t completely irrational after all.

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