from The Oregonian
Death not so accidental
In reading about the death of James Chasse Jr. while in the custody of Portland police, I took notice that the state medical examiner issued a report "declaring Chasse's manner of death an accident caused by severe trauma to the chest that impaired his breathing" ("Potter: Staff bungled Chasse call," Sept. 28).
Was the accident Chasse's fault, in that he accidentally stopped breathing (forgot to inhale)? Or was it an accident in that, while the police beatings were on purpose, the resulting death caused as a result of those beatings was an accident?
How is the medical examiner in any position to determine the intent of Chasse's attackers? The beatings caused a man to stop breathing. But, by gosh, the death was accidental, not intentional.
BRET A. LIEUALLEN