An Oregon city settled a lawsuit filed against the police department after an officer fatally shot a woman during a traffic stop. The family of the woman filed the lawsuit, and alleged that the police violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by using excessive force.
According to the lawsuit, the family of the deceased woman met with a police officer and informed him of their concern for their daughter, who was a diagnosed schizophrenic and had not been taking her medications for over a month. The officer entered the information into the department's system, but the family claims the officer responding to the traffic stop did not take steps to access the information from the system.
Although the district attorney determined the officer's actions as a lawful use of force, the insurance company overseeing the lawsuit decided to seek settlement. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to pay the family $4.55 million, as well as make several changes to the police department's operating procedures. These include, reviewing and revising its use-of-force policy and accountability processes; providing officer training on using the minimum amount of force necessary to achieve their legal purpose; and regularly reporting on all incidents that involve a use of force. Jordyn Brown "Fatal traffic stop shooting leads to Springfield paying $4.55M, review of police use of force" www.registerguard.com (Jul. 21, 2020).