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What Happened to James Chasse: Potter Requests Training Funds In Response To Chasse Case

Monday, October 30, 2006

Potter Requests Training Funds In Response To Chasse Case


Portland mayor, Tom Potter, has asked the city council for a quarter of a million dollars to immediately start giving local police officers 'Crisis Intervention Training.' Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

The request comes after the death of James Chasse on September 16th. Chasse, who suffered from schizophrenia, died from a crushed chest after three officers arrested him.

Among other things, the crisis intervention training is designed to help officers differentiate between someone acting suspiciously and someone who is suffering from a mental illness.

The mayor says the money comes from a pool of more than $18 million in unanticipated revenues -- that have been generated by Portland's improving economy.

The city council will vote on the crisis intervention training money November 29th.

The $250,000 will pay for 180 officers to take the 40-hour course. Potter says he will ask for enough money in the next budget to train all sworn officers.

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