Twelve-year-old girl v. Portland Police Bureau = guilty

The 12-year-old girl shot with a lead-pellet bag by Portland police officer Christopher Humphreys while defending herself against an unwarranted attack by Portland police officer Aaron Dauphy was found “guilty” of interfering with public transportation, resisting arrest, and assaulting Dauphy.

Illustration by Jesse Reklaw

Illustration by Jesse Reklaw

The 12-year-old girl, who is now 13 years old, will be on probation for one year, was ordered to attend school, be screened for drug and alcohol use, seek mental health treatment, perform 24 hours of community service and attend skills classes.

Christopher Humphrey was one of three police officers who beat James Chasse and held him without medical attention until he died in 2006. Chasse committed no crime. After three years of internal discussion within the Portland Police Bureau, Humphrey spent two weeks on paid leave. Humphreys was also the officer who threw Lisa Ann Coppock to the ground and arrested her for attacking him. He suspected Coppock and the 12-year-old girl of the same crime – not having a $2.50 train ticket.

Oregonian columnist Anna Griffin opines yesterday about the stupidity of the prosecution of Lisa Coppock in Portland officer Christopher Humphreys at heart of another lingering court case, this one over TriMet fare

Under pressure from a proposed suspension by police commissioner Dan Saltzman for the death of James Chasse, and the subject of a intimidating show of force by 300+ supporters of the Portland Police union, Humphreys filed stress-related disability claim 10 days after shooting the 12-year-old girl. He has since returned to duty. He did not testify at the 12-year-old girl’s trial, and according to The Oregonian, has been dropped from the witness list in the upcoming Coppock trial.

“It is a case about unreasonable, unnecessary, excessive force,” the girl’s attorney Steve West told Multnomah County Judge Paula Kurshner. “We’re not dealing with an adult. We’re dealing with a 12-year-old girl with mental health issues.”

The girl is 12-years-old, African-American, and, according to her mother, has been taking psychiatric medication and seeing a psychiatrist since 2007. They plan to appeal Judge Kurshner’s decision in a higher court.

Beanbag Girl’s Mother: “She Doesn’t Like To Be Touched” from the Portland Mercury, March 2, 2010
Beanbag Girl Guilty, from the Portland Mercury, March 2, 2010
Officer Humphreys Vs. Beanbag Girl In Court, from the Portland Mercury, February 26, 2010
Girl shot by police beanbag found guilty, KATU.com, March 3, 2010
13-year-old shot by police beanbag sentenced, KGW.com, March 3, 2010
Girl shot with beanbag gets probation for hitting Portland police officer, Oregonian, March 3, 2010
Teen shot with beanbag gun sentenced to probation, KOIN.com, March 3, 2010
Girl In Beanbag Case Gets One Year Probation, Willamette Week, March 3, 2010