Chasse Booking Video – 13 minutes

This video is from a security camera in the booking area of the Multnomah County Detention Center, managed by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department. The video was made on September 17 2008 and shows James Chasse, mortally wounded by a beating from two Portland police officers and a Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy, hogtied and hauled into the booking area. Officers have put a ‘spit sock’ over James’ head.

James Chasse’s autopsy shows he died from ‘blunt force trauma’ which included 26 breaks to his ribs and a punctured lung. County Medical Examiner Karen Gunson described Chasse’s death as ‘accidental.’

From this location, the arresting officers tried to drive James Chasse in a squad car to a psychiatric hospital over 100 blocks away. Two trauma hospitals and four hospitals with ready emergency rooms seem to have not been considered.

Chasse died enroute.

The Chasse family attorney, supported by a second autopsy done at the family’s request, opined James would have likely survived if taken immediately to the nearest hospital.