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Fact Check

Summing up the knowns—and unknowns—about the controversial death of James Chasse Jr.


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What we know now about the death of James Chasse Jr. is probably all we'll know until his family takes the all-but-certain step of filing a civil lawsuit against Portland police and other agencies inv ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Ian Demsky

Randy Says Bring 'Em Home




Will the Rose City be the straw to break the back of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq?

Today, Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard announced his intention to file a council resolution this afternoon calling for the US to "immediately commence an orderly and rapid ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 by Ian Demsky

Chasse Documents Back Up Police Description of Force



Even through a stack of documents released last week revealed further discrepancies between witnesses and Portland police accounts of the fatal Sept. 17 takedown of James Chasse Jr. in the Pearl District, they do back police up on a crucial point.

None of the civilian witnesses describe ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 by Ian Demsky

Tackling The Issue

Latest witness evidence contradicts Portland Police "Fact Sheet" in Chasse case.


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None of the six civilian witnesses to the police takedown of James Chasse Jr. agreed with Portland Police that he was pushed, as the department said a month ago in a "fact sheet" about the incident.Ad ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Ian Demsky

Witnesses Contradict Cops On Chasse "Push"


None of six civilian witnesses to the police takedown of James Chasse Jr. agreed with the Portland Police Bureau's official story that the mentally ill man was pushed—rather than tackled—to the ground during his fatal encounter with cops on Sept. 17.

Police issued a "fact sheet" a month after Chasse's death, which a coroner ruled was caused by blunt-force trauma suffered...   More
 
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 by Ian Demsky

County Commish Blasts Back At Conflict-of-Interest Allegations


Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey plans to argue state ethics investigators got it wrong when they made preliminary allegations of two conflict-of-interest violations, her lawyer said yesterday.

The Oregon Government Standards and Practices board will hear her arguments at its Friday meeting.

The investigation knocked de Steffey for allegedly failing...   More
 
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 by Ian Demsky

Hey—the Mercury's Blogging about our Blog-Not-Blog


Read what they have to say about us HERE.

That's almost as cool as:



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Monday, November 13, 2006 by Ian Demsky

Use of Force by the Numbers, No. 1


WW analyzed a Portland Police Bureau database tracking the department's use of force, which we obtained under public records laws. It contains more than 8,500 reports from a roughly two and half year period.

1241: the number of suspects reported injured

416: the number of officers reported injured

(Police say the figures may not be accurate because thei...   More
 
Monday, November 13, 2006 by Ian Demsky

What Homer Saw


According to Portland Police Bureau documents released Thursday, local developer Homer Willams —the man responsible for the construction of much of the Pearl District—witnessed part of the police confrontation with James Chasse Jr. on Sept. 17 as he dined at Bluehour, one of the ritzy neighborhood's premier restaurants.
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Monday, November 13, 2006 by Ian Demsky

Ethics Investigators Knock County Commish


State ethics investigators have made a preliminary finding of two conflict-of-interest violations by Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey. The state's ethics board is scheduled to hear the case Friday in Salem.

Rojo de Steffey is accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict of interest with a property deal sought by a development company employing her husband.<...   More
 
Monday, November 13, 2006 by Ian Demsky
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