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What Happened to James Chasse: James Chasse Died A Year Ago In Police Custody

Monday, September 17, 2007

James Chasse Died A Year Ago In Police Custody

from OPB.com

Monday is the one-year anniversary of the death of James Chasse, a mentally disabled Portland man who died after being arrested. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Chasse died after being chased and tackled to the ground by Multnomah County Sheriff deputy Bret Burton and Portland Police Officers Christopher Humphery and Kyle Nice.

Chasse was put in jail and was only taken to the hospital after he was unconscious. He died on the way.

Jason Renaud of The Mental Health Association of Portland, says the organization will hand a letter to Mayor Tom Potter this afternoon.

Jason Renaud: “A lot of our supporters and friends have questions about what happened to Jim that really haven’t been answered, by the police or by the mayor’s office. And these questions are persistent and deserve answers.”

Mayor Potter has stressed the need for additional mental health resources, and the police department has expanded its Crisis Intervention Team training and medical transportation policy.

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