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What Happened to James Chasse: Grand Jury Decision In Chasse Death Delayed

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Grand Jury Decision In Chasse Death Delayed


The grand jury looking into the death of a Portland man in police custody last month won't deliver its decision until next week -- according to the Multnomah County District Attorney. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

The panel is considering whether to hold sergeant Kyle Nice, officer Christopher Humphreys and sheriff's deputy Brett Burton criminally liable for the death of James Chasse.

The officers struggled with Chasse after he ran away from them. He suffered 26 broken or crushed bones. An autopsy found the mentally ill man had no drugs or alcohol in his system. He also wasn't carrying a weapon.

Police say the grand jury is delaying its decision because Chasse's family has asked an additional witness be called.

Police Chief Rosie Sizer says the bureau is disappointed by the delay because it is anxious to share all information from the investigation.

The Multnomah County DA has promised that the entire grand jury file will be turned over to Chasse's family after the panel has made its finding.

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