A former Portland police officer who gained notoriety for his involvement in the city’s most expensive settlement in recent history is running for sheriff in rural central Oregon.
Christopher Humphreys, the Portland officer who faced public scrutiny for two separate on-the-job incidents in 2006 and 2009, was first to file paperwork for the position of Wheeler County sheriff in the May election, according to the Wheeler County News.
Wheeler County Deputy Sheriff Mike Garibay will run against Humphreys as a write-in candidate, according the newspaper.
READ: Deputy Garibay to run against Humphreys with write-in campaign for Wheeler County Sheriff, Wheeler County News
Humphreys was at the center of the city’s most expensive settlement in recent history after a mentally ill man, James Chasse Jr., died in police custody in 2006, after he suffered numerous injuries after being tackled by officers. The case ended in 2010, when the city agreed to pay Chasse’s estate $1.6 million.
Humphreys again faced scrutiny in 2009, when he shot a 12-year-old girl in the leg at close range with a beanbag gun after she punched another officer in the face. He was suspended during the department’s investigation but was cleared of wrongdoing.
According to the Wheeler County News, Humphreys “has since been living in Wheeler County, where he was raised and where he has extended family.”
Humphreys retired for medical reasons from the Portland police last year, according to a police department spokesman.