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What Happened to James Chasse: Police name officers who arrested man who died

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Police name officers who arrested man who died

from The Oregonian

Portland police have released the names of the three law enforcement officers involved in the Sunday arrest of a 42-year-old man who later died in custody.
The officers directly involved were Sgt. Kyle Nice, 39, a 14-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau; Officer Christopher Humphreys, 31, a seven-year veteran of the bureau; and Deputy Brett Burton, 26, a two-year veteran with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

James Philip Chasse Jr. was taken into custody around 5:20 p.m. Sunday in the area of Northwest First Avenue and Northwest Everett Street. The officers said the man was combative.

When he began to have trouble breathing, the officers called for paramedics, who cleared him to be taken to jail, according to police. Chasse was taken to the Justice Center jail to be booked on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and interfering with a police officer. Police say he continued to battle with corrections officers.

Chasse again had breathing problems and was taken by patrol car to a hospital. On the way he appeared to lose consciousness and later was pronounced dead.

Portland detectives are asking anyone who knows what Chasse was doing that day and those who witnessed the arrest to call Detective Lynn Courtney at 503-823-0451 or Detective Jon Rhodes at 503-823-0459.

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