PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland police sergeant who was involved in a controversial arrest that ended with the death of a mentally ill man and in an off-duty road rage incident is returning to patrol the streets of the city, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Sgt. Kyle Nice has been filling supervisory roles in the Portland Police Bureau for the last two years.
Nice will now work out of the East Precinct, Sgt. Pete Simpson confirmed to KATU News.
Nice was involved with the arrest of James Chasse in September of 2006. Chasse, who had mental health issues, was tackled and stunned with non-lethal weapons during the arrest.
Chasse suffered 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung during his arrest, and died on his way from jail to the hospital.
In 2006, a Multnomah County grand jury found no criminal wrong doing on the part of police officers involved in the case but the city of Portland later paid Chasse's family $1.6 million to settle a civil lawsuit.
Sgt. Nice was later suspended but an arbitrator recently ordered the Portland Police Bureau to dismiss that suspension, saying Nice acted appropriately.
Nice faced additional criticism for a road rage incident in April of 2010. Investigators said Nice drew his weapon, a personal firearm, during an off-duty traffic encounter with another motorist in Washington County.
Following that incident, then Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman said "I am embarrassed by Sgt. Nice in this road-rage incident, and I think it was totally unprofessional and it doesn’t set a good example for other officers. It’s not what the public expects of our officers, on or off duty.”
In 2009, Nice was singled out by another officer after he reportedly “grossly overreacted” when moving two homeless men playing music outside a downtown restaurant.
It’s not clear how Nice was disciplined within the bureau after road rage incident, but he was moved to desk duty after the other motorist involved filed a lawsuit.
Police leaders now say Nice is a competent supervisor and said that's why Chief Reese has decided to send Nice back to working the streets of Portland.