City Of Portland Settles Chasse Family Lawsuit

From OPB.org, May 11, 2010

The city of Portland has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in police custody three years ago.

The resolution calls for a cash settlement and the publication of almost all details surrounding the case.

The death of James Chasse has been embarrassing and costly for Portland and its police bureau.

Chasse, who suffered from mental illness, was chased down by officers who said they thought he was urinating in public. After being tackled, physically subdued, and taken to jail, Chasse died.

His body showed evidence of blunt force trauma wounds, many broken ribs, and a punctured lung.

Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman says he has not spoken to Chasse’s family personally, but issued a public apology while announcing the settlement of one-point-six million dollars.

Furthermore, the city will soon release documents from the police investigation of Chasse’s death.

Saltzman says a judge will have to review some disputed documents, to determine whether they can legally be made public.

Dan Saltzman: “I’m not a lawyer, and there are certain issues around which documents can and can’t be released, but I’ve made efforts to fully disclose documents as appropriate.”

The two Portland officers involved in the case, Sgt Kyle Nice and Officer Chris Humphreys, are still employed by the Bureau.

LISTEN – April Baer’s report below.
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