Alien Boy

Alien Boy

The Life & Death of James Chasse

Streaming Video - 2013
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Alien Boy, The Life and Death of James Chasse is a feature-length documentary film that chronicles one man's struggle with schizophrenia and examines the actions of the police officers responsible for his death, exposing a city grappling with accountability in the death of an innocent, unarmed man.
Publisher: [United States] : Breaking Glass Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Video
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 90 min.)) : sd., col

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akirakato
Oct 27, 2015

This is a 2014 documentary about a man with schizophrenia and his death by excessive police force in custody.
It seems to me that the police didn't really understand the man was suffering from schizophrenia.
If they had known this mental disorder, the man would have been handled differently and might NOT have been killed.
It is a really tragic death.

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bearslapper
Jun 08, 2015

Don't forget, this is not an American problem, this is an international police issue.Police the world over are rude, ignorant, violent control freaks. Yes there are good ones, but they are overshadowed by the real "Pigs". Remember Vancouver airport? That was on video and they still lied and were protected by their superiors.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 27, 2015

On September 17, 2006, a schizophrenic man named James Chasse was arrested in Northwest Portland supposedly for urinating in public and resisting arrest. He was tackled and beaten badly by the officers, taken to jail, instead of to the hospital, where he died of his injuries. This devastating documentary traces the life of Chasse, who had an early interest in punk (he went to Wipers shows and their song gives the movie its title), zines, and comics, his death, and the subsequent investigation. Family, friends, witnesses, reporters, and political figures (including Sam Adams) are interviewed and the tragedy is reconstructed in a way that recalls Eroll Morris's classic police procedural documentary, "The Thin Blue Line." It's a story both heartbreaking and infuriating, as the police rally around the officers and the officers are reluctant to admit any wrong doing and, not surprisingly, are not sentenced. It's a film that speaks for the many transient, disenfranchised, and mentally ill Portlanders that have been harassed, rather than protected and served, by the police.

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HellbillyHillhound
Jan 14, 2015

A must see for anybody that lives and/or visits the PNW. Plays out like a horror film. SCARY!!

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