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Monday, November 16, 2009

"The best piece yet written on the Chasse case."

Posted by Matt Davis on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:05 AM

So says the first commenter on Jason Renaud's Friday editorial at the Oregonian. I'm inclined to agree with him.

Portland Police Association President Scott Westerman says Saltzman's proposed discipline is being done for political reasons. He's right. Saltzman appears to be holding back from what would be a more appropriate and just finding for the officers — men who deliberately kicked a man in the head and broke nearly all his ribs — in order to appease the union.

So what options do we, the public, have when an injustice has occurred? We can get angry, and some of us are angry. We can become apathetic. We can pray for Chasse's family and for the officers who hurt and failed to help him.

Or we can demand accountability and justice from our elected officials. And we can remember who failed when leadership was required.

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