Portland, Chasse family settle lawsuit

From KOIN.com, May 11, 2010

A lawsuit against Portland police for the custody death of a mentally ill man in 2006 has been settled.

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit by the family of James Chasse Jr. in an order filed Tuesday morning after the court said it was informed of the settlement.

The family had sued the city after Chasse was tackled by a Portland police officer and suffered 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung that led to his death while he was in custody.

The settlement, $1.6 million dollars, still needs to be approved by the Portland City Council before it is official.

The family had already settled for $925,000 with Multnomah County for a sheriff’s deputy involved in the death, and a reported $600,000 with an ambulance company.

There were no details immediately available on the settlement with the city.