So let's try this, imagine that last Monday somebody who was out enjoying the Hoyt Arboretum park called the police because a nicely dressed man was acting very strange and they were concerned for his safety.
Officer Jason Walters responds shortly thereafter.
What he finds is a 58 year old well dressed white man, in an expensive business suit and tie, nice shiny shoes, good haircut etc. However, he is covered in blood, it is fairly apparent that he has given himself several wounds with either a box-cutter or an exacto-knife, both of which have a "six inch handle" but only about a half-inch blade.
Having lost a fair amount of blood and considering that he is deep in a suicidal depression, he doesn't verbally respond to officer Walters' questioning.
The 58 year old is obviously a professional of some type. He's the kind of guy you might recognize if you're used to hanging out at the local yacht club or glitzy city galas. Who knows why he's suicidal? That's not really the most important thing right now.
What is obvious is that if his life is going to be saved he is going to need help. He stumbles out of the bathroom, which happens to mean that he is moving closer in proximity to the police officer. Again, being in a suicidal daze and having lost a fair amount of blood, he fails to react very quickly when the officer asks him to put down the "weapon."
From here you can decide what happens next. Do you really think that this lone police officer would make the snap decision to shoot dead a wealthy businessman less than three minutes after responding to this call, someone who could have serious connections in this city? That could be career suicide if his prominent family decided to sue the Portland police for having shot him dead instead of trying - and I mean ACTUALLY trying to help him.
And what if Walters had indeed for whatever reason shot him dead in a sub three-minute interaction. How do you think the city would respond?
HEADLINE: "Upstanding citizen of our fair city shot down in his time of need!" There would be outrage from all corners of the city.
Instead, it was Jack Dale Collins who was found bloody with self inflicted wounds. He looked houseless and impoverished. Therefore, there was obviously something "wrong" with him. His life was much less worthy of consideration than a "normal" person. He was found guilty of being an "undesirable" and punished accordingly. He was dealt with perhaps more swiftly, but just as severely as James Chasse Jr was. The cycle continues.