Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse


On September 17, 2006, James Chasse, a man with schizophrenia, died in police custody on a sidewalk in Portland, Oregon. An autopsy revealed he had 26 rib fractures. Eyewitnesses to the violent altercation between James and police described him as “just standing there,” “frightened,” “obviously mentally ill,” and “not someone who had to be treated in this manner.” “I just witnessed a beating. It made me ill,” an eyewitness told detectives.

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