PPB Roll Call Training Video

This is a Portland Police Bureau Roll Call Training video – Hobble Review / Excited Delirium, made in July 2007. This video was released in October 2010 by Tom Steenson, attorney for the family of James Chasse. It explains the City’s policy tying a prisoner by the hands and feet, which they call “hobbling,” but is better known as “hog-tie.”

Here’s the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of the word hobble.

Intransitive verb: to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially : to limp along
Transitive verb: to cause to limp : make lame : cripple
Transitive verb: to fasten together the legs of (as a horse) to prevent straying : fetter b : to place under handicap : hamper, impede

1. She picked up her cane and hobbled across the room.
2. She is sometimes hobbled by self-doubt.
3. He has been hobbled by a knee injury.

After his fatal beating, James Chasse was hog-tied and taken to jail in the back of a patrol car. If the officers had allowed James to be taken to hospital by the EMTs standing by, he would have lived.