UPDATE 12/28/2020: Added links to recent Washington Post podcast and Atlantic story.
UPDATE 10/17/2020: Added information from Washington Post story about police shootings involving people in the throes of a mental health crisis.
- On March 31, 2019, during a traffic stop, Springfield police killed Stacy Kenny, a 33-year-old Springfield resident, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Court records show Kenny legally changed her name and gender in Lane County Court on September 20, 2018.
- On April 16, 2019, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow ruled that a Springfield police officer was lawful in his use of force.
- On July 15, 2020, lawyers for the family of Kenny announced that the city of Springfield had agreed to pay $4.55 million and to undertake police reforms.
- Nationally, about a quarter of all fatal police shootings involved someone police said was in the throes of a mental health crisis.