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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday April 7, 2010 - 9:25 AM
 
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PORTLAND - Sergeant Kyle Nice was one of the officers involved in the highly-publicized James Chasse Case back in September 2006. This time he was not on duty and driving last saturday afternoon in the Garden Home area. He's accused of pulling his gun out of his holster during an altercation with another motorist. Sergeant Kyle Nice was driving his truck with his six-week-old child inside when, he said, another driver drove through a red light and nearly hit him.  Sergeant Nice told investigators he pulled next to the driver and yelled at him.  But the other driver, Neil Ruffin of SW Portland, said that Sergeant Nice flipped him off and yelled at him using filthy language.

The two men drove to the 8300 block of SW 80th where they pulled over and argued.  "They were both using very loud voices," said female witness Elizabeth Johnston.

She said she saw Nice pull his gun out of his holster, that he never pointed it at Ruffin, but certainly made a point that he was armed. 

"He was holding it at his side and showing the other man he had a weapon," said Johnston.

After being called to the scene, deputies decided there was no probable cause.  "It would've been the same result if it was anybody else," one of the deputies said.

"There's two sides to every story, but I think it's unfortunate Portland is getting that kind of attention," said witness Johnston.

Portland Oregon has one of the worse reputations in the United States for police brutality and killing of its residents. In the Chasse incident, a mentally ill man died in police custody on September 17, 2006 after several officers, including Kyle Nice, used excessive force to subdue him.

The officers allegedly observed James Chasse urinating in public then attempted to arrest him. Chasse suffered 16 fractured ribs, a punctured lung and at least 19 blows to the head during efforts to subdue him, according to an internal police investigation.

Chasse's family later sued the city alleging that Portland Police used excessive force and failed to provide adequate medical care, making the city liable for his death.