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What Happened to James Chasse: LETTER TO THE EDITOR - 10/26/06

Thursday, October 26, 2006


from The Oregonian

Police policies must change

My husband and I both work at a local hospital. If the James P. Chasse Jr. incident had occurred within a hospital setting, there would be no question of where the fault lay. To end up with an uncooperative patient --and we have many --with even one broken rib or a death is totally unacceptable, and the personnel involved would realize that heads are going to roll.

That policy stands for people on drugs and people who are drunk or mentally ill. It stands for people biting, spitting or attacking us. Policies need to change within the police department for all involved.

Given the high volume of calls relating to drugs, alcohol and mental illness, we would be led to believe that police personnel would have better training and protocols so the citizens or offenders of Portland are safe.

Southeast Portland

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