At the risk of sounding redundant, here is a basic recap of what happened (as if you didn't already know):
On September 17th 2006, James Chasse was walking in down town's Pearl District when he was accosted by a Portland cop for... reasons that remain mysterious to this day(official police accounts have always maintained that Chasse was allegedly "urinating in public", an assertion that never has been and never can be verified). Fearing for his life - with damn good reason - Chasse panicked and ran. Within moments, Chasse was taken to the ground by three pigs. They proceeded to beat, kick, and stomp him within inches of his life, as well as taser him. Chasse was deliberately denied medical care, his limp body hogtied and taken to jail. An incompetent nurse walked by the holding dungeon where Chasse dumped, observed him convulsing on the floor, claimed he was "faking it", and walked off. Some time later, Chasse was checked on again. Only then did another jail nurse declare that he could not be booked, suggesting medical transport instead. By this time he had stopped moving. He was unresponsive. He was loaded back into a patrol car (not an ambulance) to be driven to the hospital. Chasse died in the back of that car, before ever making it. An autopsy later revealed that Chasse suffered severe chest trauma - including 16 fractured ribs and 26 broken bones overall, as well as a punctured lung. He was 42 years old. Chasse was a known musician and creative since his adolescence. Sadly, he fell into mental illness later in his life, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Despite this, Chasse had maintained a low profile and was living independently (initial police and media reports falsely claimed that Chasse was transient and drug addict, as if that made his death any more justifiable).
The three animals responsible for this gruesome murder were/are:
Multnomah County Sheriff deputy Bret Burton
Portland Police office Christopher Humphreys
Portland Police Sargent Kyle Nice
All three of these subhuman bastards remain in law enforcement today, and thus, a graven criminal menace to the public. None of them has ever faced indictment for their crimes.
No suspension, no loss of wages, no formal reprimand, no mark on their career records.
(Then) Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk failed to bring indictments against them. In a criminal effort to both protect these three cops, and cover their sorry asses, the Portland Police Gestapo (PPG) engaged in a cover-up filled with lies and victim-smearing. The D.A. with his special "grand jury" also did his part to protect murderous cops, and cover his own sorry ass as well (Schrunk retired in December 2012 with a dark blemish on his record and blood on his hands, but no-longer having to answer for his failure to prosecute known killers). As for what became of the three animals, here's what is known:
Though a Sheriff's Deputy at the time of Chasse's grisly murder, Bret Burton has since switched over to become a Portland police officer. Not only that, but in 2013 the PPG assigned Burton to its Behavioral/Mental Health Unit!
Burton even appeared in a brief Australian TV documentary about taser use. The doc. is titled 'Taser Troubles' and highlights Portland,OR in particular. It was released in May 2012 and is 20 minutes long. Burton appears to have kept a low profile (i.e. not killed or assaulted anyone) since 2012. Most recent articles on this pig date to 2013.
Christopher Humphreys hasn't been as successful at staying out of trouble. Following his involvement in Chasse's death, Humphreys saw fit to assault and falsely arrest a woman at a MAX stop just outside Gresham city hall. That victim has been identified as Lisa Ann Coppock and was reported to have suffered from mental illness herself. This incident occurred in April 2008. His blood lust still not satisfied, pig Humphreys went on to shoot a 12 year old girl in the leg with a "less-than-lethal" beanbag round in November 2009. This violent assault also happened at a MAX transit stop. Already at the center of a massive lawsuit from the Chasse murder, this beanbag assault on a child did result in an 80-hour suspension for Humphreys. However, an arbitrator later overruled the suspension, and Humphreys received back-pay. Incredulously outraged over the initial suspension, Humphrey's fellow scumbag friends in the Portland Police Union (SS wing of the PPG) saw fit to protest their comrade's "punishment". Of the 600+ pigs and associate family and friends who attended the ad-hoc klan rally, most were donned with freshly minted "I Am Chris Humphreys" tee shirts. Wow. In 2012, Humphreys was elected to sheriff of Wheeler County, located in central Oregon. The pig had previously worked as a sheriff's deputy in Wheeler Co. prior to becoming a Portland cop in 1999. That Chasse suit filed against him and his cohorts was eventually settled in May 2010 - with the city of Portland, Multnomah County, and Emergency Medical Response paying a total $1.6 million to Chasse's family and his estate. It is the most costly wrongful death suit ever paid out in this city. There appears to be no further news on Humphreys past 2012.
I Am A Pig Piece-Of-SHIT: Pro-Humphreys cop Klan rally taking place in downtown Portland on November 24th, 2009.
Portland police Sgt. Kyle Nice has also continued his criminal thuggery since 2006. Still under internal review for his role in Chasse's murder, Nice got into a road rage incident with another driver in April 2010. The motorist, Neil Ruffin, apparently cut in front of Nice while leaving a Chevron station in Washington County,OR Just outside Portland. According to Ruffin, Nice then followed him, pulled up next to him on the road, cursed at him and made an obscene gesture. Ruffin then claimed that they both eventually pulled over, at which point Nice exited his truck, pulled out a handgun, and pointed it at Ruffin, all the while cursing obscenities at him. At which point, Ruffin called 911. Nice, who was off-duty at the time, then pulled out his officer's badge and told Ruffin, "GO AHEAD AND CALL THE POLICE!". Nice was placed under investigation, adding to the Chasse death investigation he had already been under. The road rage incident had no apparent resolve. Chasse's murder and the ensuing lawsuit have had no effect on Nice's career advancement. In September 2012, after after having been on "desk duty" (i.e. paid vacation) for several years, Nice was placed back on patrol... and once again in direct contact with the public. Like all violent thugs who continue their pathological behavior unless they are stopped, Nice wasted little time acting out his aggression on other innocent citizens.
Officer "Nice": Kyle Nice seen here pepper-spraying non-violent protesters during anti-austerity actions in down town Portland. This assault occurred on November 3rd 2012 - less than two months after Nice was put back on the streets. Other officers are noticeably reserved by comparison.
As usual, Nice faced NO punishment for yet another violent attack, despite it having been caught on camera this time. Typically, when a wild rabid dog is on record for multiple vicious attacks, especially if one of them is fatal, that mutt is put down. But not Sgt. Nice! Most recent news reports on this psychotic feral animal appear to date back to 2012. Kyle Nice remains employed by the Portland Police Gestapo to this very day.
In 2013, a documentary about the life and death of James Chasse was released. It's titled Alien Boy and was directed by local film maker Brian Lindstrom. A trailer for the film can be viewed: here. James, or 'Jim Jim' as he was affectionately known amongst friends, had been a well respected musician, poet, and artist early in his life. Chasse had such an impact on Portland's young Punk scene that one of the early bands, the Wipers, wrote a song about him in 1980. It was titled: 'Alien Boy'. The film of the same name first premiered at the Portland International Film Festival in February 2013, and has been screened at various film fests, theaters, and special showings all over the world since. It covers the life of James starting from an early age and leading up to his murder in 2006. Details can be observed in the film, which had not been part of the narrative up to that point. Like how the cops in question LIED about Chasse being on drugs (he was not) and even collected bread crumbs off the street, pretending it was crack-cocaine. And how one of the cops on the scene told a witness that Chasse had 14 prior arrests for drugs (another LIE). The cover-up that officials in the Portland police regime willingly took part in. The sheer ineptitude and cowardliness of Portland City Council in holding police responsible. The film goes over how Chasse begged incompetent paramedics to not leave him, and how he had suffered in his final moments, surrounded by inhumane cops and jail staff... indifferent to his suffering.
The bastard-ass pigs who murdered Chasse should all be in prison right now, but they are not and they never will be. At the very least, they all should have been sacked, which is such a pitiful request... that a cop lose his job for murdering someone. Instead, Burton, Humphreys, and Nice all maintained their sorry-ass careers in law enforcement. Two remain here in Portland, the other essentially receiving a promotion elsewhere in the state. No one at the jail who saw Chasse that night ever lost their jobs over this, and the D.A. who could have prosecuted this case chose to wipe his hands of it, instead.
Sorry, no happy ending here. That's all the resolve we get... life is SHIT.