In this week's article about the James Chasse case we mention a key piece of evidence prepared by the Chasse family lawyer, Tom Steenson:
As part of the settlement, a judge agreed to release key parts of the investigation from a protective order. The files include a confidential 20-page report prepared by the police bureau's training division in fall 2007, which finds two major faults with the officers' conduct.
"First of all, it says that [Officer Chris] Humphreys should not have pursued Chasse," says Steenson. "Second, Chasse should not have been taken down to the ground."
Now that most of the order has been lifted by a judge, the Oregonian has obtained the report and many other documents, including letters of discipline for Chris Humphreys and Kyle Nice. Read Maxine Bernstein's story about the documents.
Humphreys and Nice were not disciplined for any of the discrepancies noted in the training division report. Instead, they were given an unpaid two-week suspension for not allowing for proper medical care and transport after they had taken Chasse to the ground and injured him.
From the training division doctrine on foot pursuits:
"Because of a police officer's instinct to pursue and apprehend a fleeing subject (the predator-prey instinct), the adrenaline rush and 'must catch' mindset often overshadow safe tactics in apprehending the subject."
Also released is the deposition testimony of more than a dozen witnesses to the scene, including Jamie Marquez, who provided the infamous photograph to the Mercury and was called as a witness by the city.