Posted by The Oregonian newsroom September 22, 2006 16:12:
Medical examiners say man died from trauma to chest
The Oregon State Medical Examiner has determined that James Chasse Jr. died as a result of a broad-based blunt force trauma to his chest.
Chasse died in police custody on Sunday evening after he had a violent struggle with arresting officers. The Medical Examiner has ruled Chasse's death as accidental. The toxicology results were negative.
Two witnesses who watched police take Chasse into custody filed complaints with the city alleging that police used excessive force.
A police spokesman said the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who had contact with Chasse, or has knowledge of his actions prior to his contact with the police, to call Detective Lynn Courtney at 503-823-0451 or Detective Jon Rhodes at 503-823-0459.
I'm sorry sir, I "accidently" caved in your chest when I "accidently" booted you several times when you were on the ground after three of us "accidently" tackled you, because we "accidently" thought you might be acting oddly and/or pissing in the street.
So, it's SAD, it's TRAGIC, it's certainly UNFORTUNATE, but you know, it was just an ACCIDENT.
Check out the last paragraph of the O's "reporting":
The ME ruled his death "accidental," but the investigation is continuing. Detectives want to talk to anyone "who had contact with Chasse, or has knowledge of his actions prior to his contact with the police." WHY?
Yesterday, they wrote that the autopsy results were being held pending the results of the toxicology tests. I'm no doctor, but how can death from blunt force trauma to the chest be confused with death by intoxication or overdose? It can't. But they always need that toxicology report before placing blame don't they?
So now that they can't blame the victim for being drunk or high - and therefore written off for being to blame for his own demise - they're searching for some other excuse. ANY excuse.
Why the fuck else does it matter what he was doing PRIOR to his contact with the police? They had no knowledge of it, so whatever he might (or might not) have done can't be blamed for THEIR actions.
They originally claimed this was being investigated as a homicide. I'm curious - if a caved in chest is "accidental," what cause of death would they classify as homicide?