Writing, Organizing, & Creative Arts
Chasse, a mentally ill poet and musician, died in police custody after an altercation with the police. During that altercation, Chasse was tackled to the ground, punched, kicked, tasered repeatedly and hogtied by police— resulting in 16 broken ribs, a number of abrasions, a broken shoulder, both lungs punctured and this abuse resulted in James’ death. No criminal charges were filed. But we have laws against assault and murder.