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What Happened to James Chasse: One Year Later - What Has the City Learned Since Chasse?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

One Year Later - What Has the City Learned Since Chasse?

from the Portland Mercury

A year ago this week, James Chasse died in police custody after being beaten, Tasered, and hogtied by officers, and then transported to the county detention center instead of being taken to a hospital.

It shocked the city, given that police had targeted Chasse for merely acting suspiciously. After coming back from vacation almost two weeks after the tragedy, Mayor Tom Potter pledged to form a committee that would seek ways to reform how police interact with people who are mentally ill, and to push for more funding for mental health services.

A year later, some of that has happened. Police officers are now required to undergo crisis intervention training, and according to police spokesman Brian Schmautz, some 25 officers per month have taken the classes since February—that's approximately 200 officers as of this writing. And the 2007 state legislature, as boasted about by Potter in an Oregonian op-ed on the anniversary of Chasse's death, put more money into mental health services in part as a result of lobbying by Potter and Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler.

But a full year of politicians talking about reforms to the mental health system hasn't been enough for those still seeking justice for Chasse's death.

"Jim Chasse didn't die because of his mental health issue," said Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association (MHA) during a Monday, September 17, protest outside of city hall. Instead, Renaud and dozens of other protestors argued, Chasse died because he was beaten by cops.

And that was the message of the day, as carried by numerous signs that read "Protect and Serve does not mean Beat and Kill" and "It's not about a few bad apples, it's about the whole barrel."

In a list of unanswered questions and unresolved concerns delivered to the mayor's office, the Mental Health Association asked repeatedly, "Why is the district attorney in charge of prosecuting police beatings and deaths?" and "Why haven't any police officers ever been charged with using excessive force?"

In other words, what activists are demanding isn't necessarily more funding for mental health, though they welcome it. Instead, they are asking for more accountability for officers who cross the line. The last question in MHA's letter speaks to the concerns of the activists gathered on the city hall sidewalk: "Since when is looking odd a crime?"

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WE THE PEOPLE! said...

UPDATED LETTER TO ALL OREGONIANS

Monday-October 8, 2007

Jerry Atlansky-Chairperson
Oregon State Police-
Independent Citizens Review Board
Portland, Oregon

Honorable Senator Ben Westlund
Oregon State Senate
State Capitol Building Room S-318
Salem, Oregon 97301

Subject: Truly reforming law enforcement

This is our sincere request to obtain your support to truly reform law enforcement. With your desire to become the next Oregon State Treasurer we ask for your cooperation to read the following material and decide if you are for the changes we are suggesting to make policing more civil which is a dire challenge?

Please call me to set up a meeting direct with you so we can address this very important matter.

We will include our support or non-support of you to hundreds of Oregonians each day to the following data after we receive direct information from all people that desire to be the next Treasurer of the great state of Oregon.

Future success for Treasurer!

Jerry Atlansky
js@atlansky.com 24/366

UPDATE: Governor Kulongoski will hire the next Attorney General with anyone that will NOT protect the public from out of control cops. With Attorney General Myer's resignation, "why would the governor leave these matters for the public to elect the next Attorney General?" Myers term expires Jan. 2009 the governor will hire his replacement Jan. 2008. "We The Government, For The Government, it's broken we must fix it." Jerry Atlansky

Please read the following data which is a condensed view of our organizations work to bring civility to policing, by starting at the heart of most illegal use of excessive force by the hands of out of control law enforcement officers as witnessed by other officers.

Will you support our efforts by contacting the superiors of the 6 top law enforcement officials named in this report to require them to comply to our requests of three steps to save physical/mental brutality, lethal force by rogue cops against in many cases completely innocent people?

1. Amend the Police "Code of Conduct" policy/procedures to include:
(A) Law enforcement supervisors and line officers are required to intervene when an officer uses excessive force.
(B) when officers are repeatedly beating/kicking a restrained person supervisors and line officers must stop the excessive force and arrest the offending officers.
(C) If a person is not attacking anyone the FBI state that if officers use lethal force against a person that is unjustifiable homicide.

2. Train/re-train specific step by step , minimum to maximum force to the highest use of force in attempts to deescalate violence when time and situations permit officers to apply them.

3. Work with our organization to improve on the trust the public has for law enforcement by monitoring, offering other alternatives to methods and equipment to lessen stress and risk situations.

Jerry Atlansky-Chairperson
Oregon State Police-
Independent Citizens Review Board
Portland, Oregon


Last Subject: Randall Edwards-Oregon State Treasurer refuses to take any action to save lives and millions of $ each year. United States Law Enforcement is two major steps towards a "Secret Police State!"

On July 24, 2007 Oregon Treasury Division responded to our Letter To All Oregonians with Randall Edwards full response, below is our reply to his response and two months later Mr. Edwards failed to take any action to save lives every year and many millions of dollars. Our final determination is Mr. Edwards is derelict of his duties to save money of the states funds whenever possible which would also make the law enforcement bureaus more effective and help stop the rogue cops illegal actions.

Oregon Treasury wrote:

Mr. Atlansky,

Thank you for your email message to the State Treasurer Randall Edwards.

The State Treasurer's authority and scope of duties do not extend to law
enforcement at the local or the state level. It would be inappropriate
for the State Treasurer to become involved in this issue.
Thank you.

*PLEASE read to the very end of this e-mail Many thanks! Jerry Atlansky

-----Original Message-----

From: Jerry and/or Susan Atlansky [mailto:js@atlansky.com] Sent: Saturday,
July 07, 2007 10:23 AM
To: Oregon Treasury
Subject: Update: Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon refuses to protect
the public from rogue cops

Saturday-July 7, 2007

Jerry Atlansky-Chairperson
Oregon State Police-
Independent Citizens Review Board

State Treasurer Randall Edwards
Oregon State Capitol
Salem, Oregon

Subject: United States Law Enforcement Is Two Major Steps Towards "A Police State!" Washington County Sheriff Gordon refuses to protect the public from rogue cops

OPEN LETTER TO ALL OREGONIANS:

In the fall of 2005 after the horrific police action against Fouad
Kaady, the 27 year old man that needed medical help as he was naked,
bleeding, burned,in shock, and had no weapons when he was located near
the city of Sandy, Oregon a Sandy Police Officer and a Clackamas County
Sheriff didn't want to get blood on them, and left a Police shotgun
unsecured on top of a police vehicle. The Police tased Kaady twice and then the cops shot and killed Kaady with 7 bullets. The cops said, Kaady said I'm going to kill you, but many witnesses said they heard no threat from
Kaady against anyone. Per the F.B.I. that is non-justifiable homicide
as Kaady didn't attack anyone.

I called the top police official in the training division of Oregon
State Police and asked Lt.Fred, what must an officer do when he sees
another officer repeatedly beating/kicking a restrained person? Lt.
Fred said, the witnessing officer must assist in the arrest and report
the incident. I said what good would that do if the victim is maimed
for life or dies due to the police brutality? Not until I said I will
form a citizens oversight board did Lt. Fred say, I will take two steps
to make that change.

Seven months later Lt. Fred's top superior, Superintendent Ruecker failed
to reply to our letters and telephone calls to verify the changes we
requested to amend their policy/procedures, add new training and work
with our oversight board to require all officers and their supervisors
to intervene when an officer is using excessive force as it is
their duty too do so. We notified all Oregon State Legislators of this
non-response from Supt. Ruecker so they pressured Ruecker's superior which
forced Ruecker to send us their code of conduct and a cover letter
admitting that Ruecker had setup no specific data that we requested of changes to protect all Oregonians from police brutality. On December 1, 2006 Supt. Ruecker resigned as he said for the betterment of members, his family
and Oregonians. Lt. Fred also resigned in 2006 as he was pressured
too do so. On March 12, 2007 Supt. Ruecker's replacement, Acting Supt. McLain said in answer to my question as we secured on video/audio tape at his senate
hearing was, the person should file a complaint. If that was his family
member getting beaten would that be his same answer?

Sheriff Roberts of Clackamas County, their top cop failed to respond to
our registered letter for 6 months asking the same question so we
contacted all the Clackamas County Commissioners and they required
Roberts to respond to us. A repeat of NO changes in their
policy/procedures, training and they will not work with our oversight
board to protect all Oregonians from police brutality.

On July 4, 2006 we sent a registered letter to the Police Chief, Skelton
of Sandy, Oregon again asking for the same documents; policy/procedure,
training and reporting to our oversight board as stated above and
without any surprise to us NO response from the the police chief.

> On Feb. 20, 2007 I asked Portland Police Chief Sizer at a public meeting,Chief's Forum the same question, what would you do if you saw one of your officers repeatedly beating/kicking a restrained person? Chief Sizer said, I answered that question, which I replied that is a false statement! We received another video/audio tape that proves our allegation that Chief failed to respond to our police brutality question. We sent a registered letter to Chief Sizer to give her another chance to answer our dire question and she failed again to
respond as we received NO letter or telephone call on this matter from
her.

On June 18, 2007 Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon replied to our, Open Letter To All Oregonians that he respects all the five top cops we named even though he doesn't know any of them, current policy/procedures
are working just fine, training in place is extensive and well thought out, and police oversight boards are too political to do an effective job. Sheriff Gordon failed to address our three steps to reform law enforcement until we asked him direct questions and amazing as it may seem he was the first of all the top cops we have highlighted that states, his supervisors, deputies and himself would intervene if an officer is repeatedly beating/kicking a restrained person. Will Sheriff Gordon amend his Code of Conduct policy/procedures, add new training and work with our oversight board, not in this lifetime.....he talks the talk but refuses to walk the walk.

Since the Nixon White house we have had a meltdown in personal
integrity.

All 6 top cops were made aware they are in violation of their sworn
oaths of office, and many violations of Oregon State and United States
Constitution Laws and that this data has been given to federal agencies
as our very top state officials, the governor & the attorney General
condone the 6 top cops wrong, illegal actions/inactions. The attorney
general was pressured to author a new bill, Senate Bill 111, "Police Excessive
Force" but refused to even consider our formal 3 amendments to the
senate bill to protect all Oregonians as stated above to all the 6 top
cops of Oregon.

The amendments we are requesting to the Code of Conduct should read:
1. Law Enforcement supervisors and line officers are required to intervene when an officer uses excessive force as it is their duty.
2. When officers are repeatedly beating/kicking a restrained person supervisors and line officers must stop the excessive force and arrest the offending officers.
3. If a person is not attacking anyone the F.B.I. state that if lethal force is used against a person that is unjustifiable homicide.
Without specific policy/procedures we will continue with police reports final determinations on excessive force use as, "No Department Police/Procedures violated."

WE THE PEOPLE, are convinced that from the very top Oregon State Officials, Governor Kulongoski, Attorney General Myers, former and current O.S.P Superintendent's Ruecker & McLain, Sheriff Roberts Clackamas County, Portland Police Chief Sizer, Police Chief Skelton City
of Sandy and Sheriff Gordon Washington County not only refuse to protect
all Oregonians from Rogue Cops, they don't care about the people that were killed in unjustifiable homicides by out of control cops which stole about 130 years away from Rubio, Kaady & Chasse men & shattered their families and friends lives. In the last 10 months these 3 cases were filed in the federal courts of Oregon and are expected to exceed over $100 million which will drain the funds to operate effective law enforcement agencies.

The contempt for law and the contempt for the human consequence of lawbreaking go from the bottom to the top of American society. Margaret Mead

State Treasurer Mr. Edwards, will you please assist us to help stop the over

150 years of "Police Code of Silence & Testilying?"

What happens in Oregon goes Nationwide.

Jerry Atlansky
js@atlansky.com 24/366

Randall Edwards-State Treasurer
Oregon State
Salem, Oregon

Dear Mr. Edwards,

We thank you for responding to our letter to all Oregonians giving many facts that 6 top cops in Oregon refuse to protect the public from rogue cops when other officers are witnessing unjustifiable brutality and lethal force. If one of your staff members submitted a very well thought out plan to save the state $100 million a year would you tell them you don't have the authority to act on that project? We are not asking you to fire anyone, demote anyone nor force anyone to take action, what we are asking is if you care about the safety of all Oregonians and their tax money it is your duty to advise the superiors of all 6 top cops to honor their oaths of office as they are making over $600 thousand dollars a year and breaking the civil rights of our citizens.

Please send us copies of your communications so we will be made aware progress is being made on this dire matter.
Failure to do so and we will add your name and inaction to the hundreds of letters we are sending to all Oregonians each day.

Best regards,

Jerry Atlansky
js@atlansky.com 24/366

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