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James Chasse

The Grand Jury has decided that the officers involved are not criminally responsible for their actions. I do not agree with this. The officers are sorry, the mayor is sorry, the police chief is sorry, everyone is sorry. But still there is no justice. Next week there will be actions not just to commemorate his life but to demand justice for his death. Whether his death was accidental or intentional, sanctioned by the government or not, the man deserves justice, and we, the people of Portland, will try to assure that he recives it. Stay tuned for details.
We all know the details, so I'll spare you the long version. For those of you who do not know, James Chasse was beaten to death for running from the Police after they approached him for seeing him appear to being urinating in the street. He was mentally ill, had no drugs in his system, and was unarmed. They beat him so severely that he suffered 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung. The grand jury has decided that this is acceptable behavior, and it is not. I do not care if the mayor and the Police chief make changes. I demand not just change for the future, but justice for now. Not just justice for those with homes, but justice for all. Democracy means rule by the people- we are the people. We are not ruled by the men with guns and batons. We must demand that they be held to the same laws that they enforce. I believed in the inherent good in the Police- that they are there to protect and serve US, the people. Despite being run over by a horse and pepper-sprayed on Oct. 5th, I still believed this. And I believed that if there was a bad officer, the judicial system would punish him. Now I see that I was wrong. I do not advocate for the abolishment of police or of the government; I advocate for change and I advocate for justice. This must be not the turning point for our system but the breaking point. We are the people- we must stand together and demand change, demand justice, and demand that these officers, no matter how remorseful, no matter how sorry, no matter how fundementally good they are, are punished for their crimes.

I hope that you will stand with me when the times comes- not in violence that would bring us down to their level, but in peaceful protest and civil disobediance that will bring about change. Not pointless marches led by the killers but in direct, well planned, civil action that will not only galvanize the people of Portland into action to hold their police forc accountable, but will force the city to make the changes itself. There are no details, but I am working to have something organized soon. I ask that if you are interested in organization or in participation, to please contact me at the email address provided below. I would also like to hear from Mr. Chasse's family, if you are reading this, please contact me.

People of Portland: The time is now- govern yourselves- make your democracy what you want it to be.


-Phil

Yes 17.Oct.2006 21:49

Generation Betrayed

I will stand with you. Ask and we will come.

oct22, day of resistance against police brutality 17.Oct.2006 23:06

nofanofcops

i heard there was something kicking off at npark blocks at 2pm on sunday

Tsk Tsk 18.Oct.2006 00:24

O

How many PPD officers read the Pdx-IMC?? Alot.

HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF 18.Oct.2006 02:14

Enemy of the state xowestcola@yahoo.com

This is the standard that police officers in the state of oregon are held to. Basically they can kill anyone they want to as long as their on duty. Lets run down the last few police killings in the portland metro area. **This one where they beat a mentally ill person to death and left him with 16 broken ribs and even the medical examiner placed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the chest. **One where the 18 year old tigard high graduate was shot in the back 6 times as he was trying to avoid getting shot with bean bag rounds. **How bout the gresham officer who ran a stop sign and plowed into a family minivan and killing one of the passengers. **Shot an unarmed seriously injured man to death who was naked and disorientated on top of a police cruiser **shot James Perez to death 47 seconds into a routine traffic stop when he was reaching for his seatbelt. **Kendra James What do all these cases have in common? all unarmed individuals whos murderers were cleared by grand jury injustice. And honestly I dont see any end in sight.

Right you are 18.Oct.2006 03:13

Really?

2 PM this Sunday in the North Park Blocks? I'll be sure to be there - thanks!

... 18.Oct.2006 09:24

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The cops can methodcally beat a man to death and get away with it. They are the enemy of the people and should be treated as such.

there has to be a way to end this. 20.Oct.2006 14:27

Wrack

When Humans are torched and killed by ones spending 8 hours a day searching for a conflict, the Grand jury should not be a `judge` on whether a humans life is worth going to TRAIL. That's all, it is in no way a conviction of the Officers. All `Police Related deaths` should have a Preliminary Hearing, like in the Perry Masson days, where all evidence can be presented on whether an Indictment is handed down, which is not a conviction.

But there has to be a way. I am no longer taking this. I will do what I have to to protect my family and my brother's and sister's (that's you (:) form this EVIL. NO MORE.

A pathetic pack of lies 20.Oct.2006 16:36

longtimer

there are so many ridiculous aspects of the cops' story that it would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic. James "appeared to be urinating". Does that mean they searched the scene and found no trace of urine, but they won't say he was mistakenly believed to be urinating". They won't even admit to this fallacy. But then he was fatally injured by "accident", which totally doesn't add up.

I want to hear the cops ADMIT that they were TOLD by the captains to put the hurt on local homeless at the request of local FAT CAT developers.

we shall succeed 21.Oct.2006 12:08

WRACK

When Humans are torched and killed by ones spending 8 hours a day searching for a conflict, the Grand jury should not be a `judge` on whether a humans life is worth going to TRAIL. That's all, it is in no way a conviction of the Officers. All `Police Related deaths` should have a Preliminary Hearing, like in the Perry Masson days, where all evidence can be presented and public on whether an Indictment is handed down, which is not a conviction.

But there has to be a way. I am no longer taking this. I will do what I have to to protect my family and my brother's and sister's (that's you (: form this EVIL. NO MORE.