Crisis Intervention Training
(CIT) is a training program developed in a number of U.S. states
to help police officers
react appropriately to situations involving mental illness or developmental disability.
In the state of Oregon
, CIT programs were implemented following the death of James Chasse
, who was beaten and repeatedly tased
by three Portland
police officers. Chasse, who was schizophrenic
, suffered sixteen broken ribs, a broken shoulder and sternum, and massive internal injuries. He was taken to the city jail, where medical staff refused to admit him and ordered that he be taken to a hospital. However, he died en route. The three officers were never indicted for their part in the incident.
Chasse's death prompted an outcry in the media, in response to which Portland mayor Tom Potter instituted a CIT program. Other cities and counties in Oregon followed suit.