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Then-Transit Division Cmdr. Donna Henderson's analysis of her officers' actions

Then-Transit Division Cmdr. Donna Henderson's analysis of her officers' actions

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Ton PoLter,MayorRosanne , Sizer,ChielofPolice11115.!V. ZndAvenue.Portland, R97204'Phoner 03-823-0000,ax: 503-823-0342lntegrity. Compassion Accolntability. Respect.ErcellerceSeruice
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SUBJECT:IADFindings 006-8-0016n-Custody eathSergeant yle Nicc#26853Offrcer Chris Humphreys#32784I have eviewedhecaseilesromHomicide nd AD aswell as heTrainingDivision'sanalysis fthisin-custodyeath.havealso.reviewedity Codc,ORSandBureau fPolicepolicy andprocddwesndbasedn thc isted nformationlre ollowings nry analysis nd'findings:ReleranliryCodes:
1.01.140 iol{ions-Penrlty.tt is urlawtulfor anyDdsono violaleanyprcvisionr rc fail tocomplywirbanye4uircmcnrofhisC.odc. ayperson violaiing anyprovisionor failiagto complywiih any reqnirementoI drisCode;unlcssprovisionis orheruisemade heein, shEllupod corvictionthercof, bepunishcdby a fine ofnot more'thaD$500,or by ini'.isonmentfor aperiodofno( rnorc tha! 6 moaths, or bybolhsuchineandmlrisonmenr.However,nogrealerpenalryshallb€imposed han hepenalty prescribedby theOrcgonstatur€ or ihe'ts€actor omission. Each suchpersonshatl beeuiltyofirsepanteffensc or eachaodcv€rydaydurhgdy ponionof whichanyviotationfanypmvisionfthisCodc is coInmiftn, oontinucd, orpcmittedby suchpcrsonand may bepunishedaccordingly.n additior 10 hepenaltiesereinbovc.ovid6d,nyconditionaused rpe.mitiedo €xistnviolarionofanyprovisionflhisCodeis.apublicnuirancc ndnay be suMily abaten y th€Cjtyasaulhofized y thisCoddn addition,ropedr;hatlbe forfcitedaidCilylicense my bcsuspetrded . revoted a!p.ovid€dn thisCode.3.20.1l0Dutl.sof foli.e Force.Thepolicc.orce oflhe CIyshallatall rimcs ofthedal and night widin the bondari€sotrheCirylreselvethepubicpeace,prevcnt crime,arrest offerdes,-Fotectrighls oflersonsand propeny, grardtlepublich€alt\presewe.rder,remove nuisances xislingh strEets, oads,public plac€s,and highways,reporr all Ieaksand orherdefccts in ]vaterpipesand scwers,aud sk*tlights lot buming to theprop€raulborilies, providcapropcrforoe a1every firc in order that ther€by h6filmcn andqertyflay bepmte€led,prorcctstrang-s andrnvclcrs al rhesteamboalmd ship lddings and railmadstadons,adgeueBllyobey ard fiftrcealt ord;nancsofrheCitl CounciladdcrimiMl 13ws flhc SEteandofthe tinitedStltes.I4A.40.0J0 ndec€DtErposurq It isllnlawfiilfor anype6ono e{poseusorhergeniraliawhrtc napubticplaceorplacevisiblcfrcmaplblic plac€,flhepublicplaces open m availabie opdsonsof rhe oppositescr-
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I lifldthrt the trootPursuiinitiatedbyOfficerHumphreysand hesubsequentushbyOfficergqmphreysis IN IOLICY \vith a.DEBRIEFING.The crux ofthiscasehingeson OfficerHumphreysustificationfor chasingMr- Chasse.Training's aoalysisstateshat urinatinginpublicis not a crimeandhereforesnot a reasonoinitiate afootpursuitanddeploy heknock-down echnique.Even houghurinating inpublicisaclassB misdemearorndcrCiry Code14A.40.0301 gee hat t wouldbe egregiouso knocksomeoneo thegroundsimply becausohey werc urinating. I do notbelieve hat OfficerIlumphrcyschasedMr.Chasseimplybecause e urinated.OfficerHumphrelshas workeddowntownmany imesandwhenworki[g downtown ou segeop]eritating.999lo fthe timeyolrconlaclhcpersonhatpersonays heyaresorry,lad to go,won't do tagainand heywalkaway. Due to Mr. Chasse'schiviorbefore and af1€r s rvhatcauscdhispafiicularev€nt obedifferent,itgottheOfficar'sattention.Officer Humpbreys easonably elievedhat a enmewascommitted14A,40.030ndeeentExposurela s unlawfuloranype*otltoeiposehk or hergenitalia while inapublic placeolplacevisiblefronapublic place,if thepublic placeis openoraveilableto personsof the oppositesex)and becausef.Mr. Cbasse'sehaviorOfficer.Humphreysbelieved hat Mr.Clra$se/as nvolved iosomethingmore..> Officers Huftphjeys and Burton observedMr. Ctassepriorrothe foot chasestiffl€ggcdand rockingbackand orthandcaring backpack. > When Mr- Chasse bserved he officas, he irunediatelywalkedeastbound awayfromthe officers. OffrcerHumphr.eys'peroeptionwas hat Mr. Chassewas rying not foattracta(enlion o hinrsef w hile esvingasquicklyashccodld o avoidhepolice.>Nine minutes ater as Officers Humlhreys :rnd Burton were eavingthe areawhere hcywere cove.ing Sgt. Nice, they secMr. Chasseagain his time near ahee with his baik.towards thc officers and t appeareds f he was urinating nFutllic.Ciry CodeCrime(144.40.010ndecert Exposure: tjsunlawfirl or anypcrsono exposeiso.hergenitaliawhilcnapublicplaceorplaccvisible rom apublicplace,frhepublicplacesopenoravailableo persons f lhe oppositeex.)FOfficer Humphreyswantedo talkto Mr. Chasse ecause e believedat the very leastMr. Chasse houldr'tbe waikingthe streetsbecause e was eitherextremely drunkor ondru8..>OfficerHumphreys otices hat Mr.Chasseentover by a tfee andhasa largevei spotonhispanfseinforcing he belief t\atMr. Chassdadbeenurioatingnpublic_Offic€rHumphrcys bserves r. Chasseickup his backpackandbeginwalking,OfEcerBu.ton makes teirpresencenow to Mr.Chasse.> Mr. Chasseumshis rpper orsonastiffrnanncr ndmakcs irecteyecontactwithOfllcer Humphreys.FOfficerHumphrcysescribesookbnMr. Chasse'sace s hatofsheercnor, bccauseofthislook and theother bebaviorsdescribedOfEcbr Humpbreyseachedhe conclusionthat Mr. Chassemustbeaftaidof being caughtbecause eeither had a warmnttweaponsordrugson hirn.Analysis:OfficcrHumphrey's asa legal ight o sl,opMr. Chasseo investigare, rrest ndcirc forCityCode14A.40.030ndOfficerHumpfuey's elievedasedn hisobservationsndh$interp.etationsofthose observationshat theaewas sorirething moregoingon with Mr.Chasse.Office6 usepretextstopsdaily and on maDyoccasions hosepretcxt stopsdcvelopnto
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somethingmBch arger. do not believe anyonecouidhavepredictedhe outcofte ofthis cha;nofevents.lnthis caseOfficer {umphreyswasragicallynconect n his nterpretationf Mr.Chasse'sb9havio.. ShouldOtrlcer Humphreyshave ealized he behaviorsMr.Chassewas exhibitingwerc behavio*froriosomeonewho wasseverelymentallyll asoppose osomeonewho hadcrimillalintsnt? Even hetrainedprofessionalsAMR pararnedicswhoarrived at thcsceneoevaluateMr. Chasic, assessedMr. Chasse's ondilionassomethingdue to toxicological ssues(drugs).We spend ensoftholsandsof dollarsandhundredsfhours onpoliceo{Iicers eachingtbemhowostaysafe vhilgstill doing heirjobs: efensiveactics,hooting, rivingskills,PIT,.howto dealwith violent criminal behavior,how to coflducta tmffic stops, einforcinghowdangerousomesticioience allsare,developingrobable ause, ecogniingreasonablesuspicion,pushingheenvelope,beproactive,andalr.rltitude of other things. OfficerHurnphreyseceiveda two houl classon Menlal Health Awarenesseight moothsbefoie hisincident. I do notbelieve afwohour class s enough o teachan omcerto differgntiateberweenSchizophreniasychosisarid Drugpsychosis.The following arc S;,npro DtsAssociat€dWithDrug Abgse:o SymplomsfAnlieiyor Panico SymplomsofDepressiono Destructive houghts, eglings andbehaviorso Suicidalhoughs, eelings r bchaviorsoViolent houghts,eelings ndbehaviorosEangs, izaneorpsychotichoughls,celings ndbchaviorsThese ympbrnsrealmost dentical o those larMr. Chasse xhibircd.ThcTransilPolice Division receivesa ttarrageofcomplaintsaboutdre drug dealing hat happensaroundMAX.. Yearspdo!,TCRT(Undercover Team)\rascreatedand oneofiismissionswas ointerdictinthe drug tsadeon dleT€nsit system.OfiicetHumphrcyswas aq activememberofTCRT.Tmnsit becameeryproactiven its attemptsoeradicate rug dealing and using, aswellas othernuisancebehaviorsoiland around be system. Office. Ilumphrcys b€lieved that narcoticsplayedapartin Mr. Chasse'sehavior; t wasnotan uiueasonableelief. The complaints hat TRIMETrcceivesaswell as the complaints rom the Downtown Conidor all hinge,o! drug activity,eithorsellingor usingand all of the abcnant behaviorshatgowithstreetusage.It is my opirionihatOfficer Humplueyshadalcgal right to stop and detainM!. Chasseor thcpui:posesf investigating 4A..40.030ndgivenwhatOfficerHumphreys bservedhatnight t wasnot unrcasoDableor Officer HunphieyslobelievehatMr. Chassewas nvolved oadditlonalllegalactivities.O{ficersHumphrep'pushofMr Chasse id not violateState Stahres,City Code or the Bureau's Directives. Use ofForce Directivc 101A,20Mehbers may usephysrcalforce only when heyrcasohablybelieve! is necessa4)o:b- Ittwfullytal,eapenointod-ttady,ake afi arreslorprevean escape.e.Accomplishsomeoffcial puryosethatis authorizedbylaw,byjudicial decreear ii performedin lhe reasonablex?rcise fthemetnber'sllicialwwer,duworfuncrio,r.
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