Springfield settles police lawsuit for more than $4.5M

Police will be required to provide an annual use of force summary to the city council as part of the settlement.

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 5:23 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 5:37 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The city will pay millions of dollars to the family of an individual who was shot and killed in Springfield last year.

On March 31, 2019, Stacy Kenny was shot and killed by police on Olympic Street following a vehicle pursuit. Two officers were injured in the incident, police said.

After an interagency investigation, the Lane County district attorney said the use of force was justified.

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Kenny was initially pulled over for traffic violations and sped off multiple times. Kenny called 911 at the time, claiming harassment:

Kenny: They are trying to harass me!
911 Dispatcher: 911 what is the location of your emergency?
Kenny: Why?
Police: Put your hands up!
Kenny: Why, what did I do wrong?

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After Kenny's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, the city agreed to a $4,550,000 settlement that will be paid by the city’s insurance company.

As part of the agreement, the Springfield Police Department will provide an annual use of force summary to the council for the sake of transparency. The city will also update its use of force policy and participate in a best practices audit.

Some details are still being finalized.

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