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What Happened to James Chasse: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 2/26/07

Monday, February 26, 2007

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - 2/26/07

from The Oregonian

Police still miss main point

The recent articles and editorial about the death of James P. Chasse Jr. at the hands of the police (Feb. 9, 20, 21) seem to miss the point. While it's all very well to have clearer responsibilities outlined for transportation of injured prisoners, it seems clear that Chasse should not have received fatal injuries to begin with.
Robert King of the Portland Police Association scoffs at recent attempts to train officers in the recognition and handling of the mentally ill, calling it a "dance" in reaction to the Chasse incident, and saying that more policies are not helpful (Feb. 21).

I would agree with him about policies. Until there is an essential change in attitude in the Portland police ranks and leadership about use of excessive force, the inappropriate shootings and injuries such as Chasse sustained will continue.

The public is entitled to insist that police officers use force only when appropriate, and that they are held accountable for their actions.

DAVID JAMES
Sublimity

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