Mayor Tom Potter wants another $250 thousand for the Portland Police Bureau.
That's how much it will take, says Potter, to train officers in crisis intervention.
Ever since James Chasse died in police custody, Potter and Police Chief Rosie Sizer have been talking about the region's mental health system, and about training for police who deal with the mentally challenged. Chasse was considered mentally impaired when police chased and tackled him. Witnesses say they kicked and hit him repeatedly, but a Grand Jury cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing. Chasse had apparently broken no laws and had no drugs or alcohol in his possession or in his body when he was killed.
Potter says police officers need training to deal with similar situations. He plans to ask the city council for another quarter of a million dollars to give them that training.