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Chief Sizer says Trust Us about Chasse Death

Chief Sizer provides a detailed analysis of the killing of James Chasse. Yet she fails to mention the PPB's own Crisis Intervention Officer Team. Was a CIT officer called in the Chasse incident per PPB policy? No, Humphreys testified he never thought of mental illness.
From the Oregonian Commentary:
THE DEATH OF JAMES CHASSE JR.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
James Chasse Jr.'s life once held great promise, involved years of anguish about a disease over which he had no control, and ended in a way that no family would ever want and the Portland police officers involved neither anticipated nor desired. His death in police custody has left the Chasse family bereft and angry. And it has left the officers involved devastated over what has now been determined by the state medical examiner and a full investigation to be their unintentional actions that killed him.

Since the grand jury's conclusion, some have suggested that the Police Bureau has been involved in a conspiracy to hide the truth because of inconsistencies in police and eyewitness testimonies. Let me say clearly that there is no such conspiracy or cover-up. The medical examiner has released her full report to the family. The Police Bureau, in connection with the East County Major Crimes Team, conducted a thorough investigation. The grand jury, made up of community members, heard testimony from 30 witnesses. As with all investigations regarding officer-involved shootings or in-custody deaths, the Police Bureau will release copies of the investigation shortly.

But it is not uncommon for officers (and other witnesses) involved in a critical incident to have varying memories of what occurred. They involve split-second actions, and there are always discrepancies.

That said, this incident and the actions of the officers should not be tried in the court of public opinion. It's not constructive for people who say they are outraged by violence to threaten the lives of officers and publish their home addresses on Web sites. It's not constructive to make wide-sweeping assumptions about more than 1,000 people who put on a badge every day. It's not fair or broad-minded for people to draw conclusions about the entire Portland Police Bureau when they admit they have never visited a precinct, spoken to an officer or attended any community-policing event.

What would be productive at this point is a focus on the larger picture. Although this death is a tremendous tragedy, the real debate should focus on how our society is fulfilling its caretaker role for people who suffer from mental illness.

This isn't an attempt to shift the spotlight off the actions of police. It's a natural segue into what is occurring every day on the streets of Portland.

The availability and quality of services to the mentally ill in our community provides an important backdrop to the frequency and quality of their contact with police officers. Daily, officers hear neighborhood livability complaints involving people with mental health issues -- sleeping in doorways, urinating in public, aggressively panhandling. Yet social programs that provide care, prescription management and housing have been slashed.

In the late 1990s, Portland was fortunate to have a Crisis Triage Center, an intake facility where officers brought people in mental crisis and were assured that proper medical treatment would be provided. The CTC, which treated thousands of people each year, was cut in 2001, a victim of ever-decreasing budgets. Now officers must drive people in mental crisis from emergency room to emergency room until one that will accept them can be found. We are grateful for our community partners, such as Project Respond, who often assist officers on the scene with a person in mental crisis. But it's unrealistic to view this as an adequate response.

Community members have a right to be concerned when there are serious allegations made against police officers. That is why there is a review process in place. But my hope is that the larger picture will eventually emerge for people and that we can move forward to address some of the broad issues that this tragedy brought to the forefront.

Rosie M. Sizer is Portland police chief.
Say What? 25.Oct.2006 15:18

LN

Just because Sizer and her team of thugs was able, once again, to succesfully lie their way past a not so grand jury, with the aid of a less than useful DA, we are supposed to then take their word for it that things will get better?

Rosie, pull your head out of your ass. The mentally ill that you need be most concerned about for the moment, are the ones on your department. You have over agressive, skinhead freaks working for you, and what is worse, you know it and are encouraging it.

There can be no room for doubt that Humphrey kicked the life out of this poor man, a man who may or may not have been having an episode, but who, in his many years on the street, had never harmed, let alone killed, anyone. Humphrey, on the other hand, has a very definite history of violence beyond the need. So do you, Rosie, if the truth comes out, and I am predicting that it will.

Take your "review process" and shove it where all the rest of the brain power for your demented thugs resides.

criticism is actually pro-police 25.Oct.2006 17:46

theresa mitchell

There have been too many killings now, killings of unarmed people, killings of people who were not threatening the lives of police officers. The killings have introduced a new dynamic to police/public relations, namely, that casual execution is a real possibility when faced with Portland police. The many --I suppose majority-- of Portland cops, who would not consider snuffing a life just to retaliate against resistance, must now "put on a badge every day," as Rosie Sizer says, knowing that the badge means Instant Death Without Recourse Or Reason. Every member of the public who knows of this phenomenon must now consider their mortality, as soon as those red and blue lights flash.

That isn't a good thing for anyone.

It's not possible to break ribs in sixteen places without knowing that you're delivering killing blows. How many kicks did it take to break three ribs? Six ribs? Ten ribs? The man was crushed to death. All this for suspicion of pissing in public.

An independent review body would prevent this situation, and Portland police would be able to go to their jobs every day without the stain of collaboration in extrajudicial executions.

what the ____ 25.Oct.2006 22:22

Wrack, here we come.

It was written `That said, this incident and the actions of the officers should not be tried in the court of public opinion. It's not constructive for people who say they are outraged by violence to threaten the lives of officers and publish their home addresses on Web sites. It's not constructive to make wide-sweeping assumptions about more than 1,000 people who put on a badge every day. It's not fair or broad-minded for people to draw conclusions about the entire Portland Police Bureau when they admit they have never visited a precinct, spoken to an officer or attended any community-policing event.'

Is this a joke or is this a real idiotic way of thinking? Court of public opinion? Do you dare say that we trust in the judicial process? Fouad Kaady was murdered after he was burned so badly that the family had to identify his body by his feet. Pure evil, to torture then murder a burn victim like that. Was there an indictment handed down by the grand jury? A boy was MURDERED and his life was not worth a trial? The Police are going down, this is their downfall. If an officer was smart and really `caring` then that officer should quickly distance themselves and speak out NOW!

Getting addresses? To let everyone know, it is very easy. If they own their home, it is public tax record, and by running names county by county you will sure find an address. Brian Schmautz who led the highly illegal Marijuana Task Force, which we put out of business by passing the law that requires a conviction before the can confiscate property and money, lived in Camas, WA. He would come to Portland and terrorize citizens and then sneak off to Camas to live. This is a very wicked evil man with BLOOD on his hands.

If you want addresses of cops, look in the public property tax records. Real Estate agents have this info available at their finger tips 24 hours a day. Anyone can search this database.

This is not over, but has really just begun. Wait until the pigs who kicked chase to death start having marches and candle light vigils at their homes. Then all their neighbors will know who lives among them. And it needs to hit them at home, for the victim's families like Fouad's and Chase's, it is at their home every second of every day. I will publish Chase's murderers addresses myself. And I hope it gets them good and legally. Who is next? And sorry for my language but FUCK YOU. This is murder, not spilling coffee on accident on someone. Who the fuck do these pigs think they are. I would not be surprised if the police chiefs house is not burned to the ground if her pigs kill another.


 Wrackiam@comcast.net

What I Read Here 27.Oct.2006 09:16

Sixpack wabc@mutualaid.org

What I understood from Sizer's article is that, if we our mentally ill, homeless and otherwise vulnerable people off the streets and out of their way, they won't have to murder them.

Well, we had a house policy here at our house, that we indiscriminately provided shelter to homeless people, a chance to eat, bathe and sleep in out of the cold.

What we got for that effort, was Portland cops walking uninvited into our home like it was central precinct, harassing everyone in the house, and telling us that, I quote the african-american officer: "We don't want YOUR KIND in this neighborhood". And they keep reminding us of this, daily. 7 complaints and a year later, they still keep harassing us.

Did anyone know the PPB has a "stealth canine unit"...They do you know, they last used their invisible dog to allegedly chase a "burglar" right to---where else---OUR BACK DOOR. Of course they just HAD to come in to be sure some strange (imaginary) burglar wasn't in our house, like we would not be aware of that! Of course we told them to go to hell and get off our property.

So I see that I must be wrong about them wanting us to keep our vulnerable people out of their way. They WANT them there, out in the open,unprotected. And they got them all, all the "scum" they hope to make disappear, right where they want them.

Housing the homeless will give cops more homes to raid, more "para-trooping" through peoples lives and belongings, and there will be just as much hate and contempt for us as there is now. I've learned that you can't take the hate out of the Bureau.