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What Happened to James Chasse: 2006-12-17

Thursday, December 21, 2006


from The Oregonian

Cops' violence disturbing

It is disturbing to think that Sir J. Millage is lucky ("Guardian upset by force police used 'to stop or protect'," Dec. 19). What is lucky about being Tased and beaten with batons by the police, hurt so badly that you need hospital care? Well, at least they did not beat Millage to death.

The violent police treatment of an autistic 15-year-old roaming the streets is a disturbing reminder of the brutal behavior of the Portland police force that led to the death of James P. Chasse Jr. We are still waiting to see the fundamental reform of our police essential to creating true security in our city.

Weed out the dirty dozen, the most violent members of the Portland police. Then we will see the changes needed to align the culture of our police bureau with the culture of our city.


Northeast Portland