SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A police officer shot and killed a driver in Springfield two years ago March 31.
The attorney for the deceased's family says the officer, who has since retired, apologized to the family on the anniversary of the shooting.
The family of Stacy Kenny settled with the City of Springfield for $4.55 million in July 2020.
As part of the settlement, the City agreed to a review of the police department's use of force process.
The City and Kenny's family attorney received a copy of the report from the OIR Group earlier this month.
“The findings in the OIR report offer a complete vindication of what we were fighting for all along in Stacy’s case,” says Kenny family attorney David Park. “If this marks the beginning of a movement away from the toxic warrior culture within the Springfield police department from the top down, Stacy’s life and tragic death will have a real, lasting, and positive impact on the community.”
The City of Springfield noted the report was commissioned by the family as part of the settlement, and that the city will continue to take steps to improve transparency - including annual use of force reports to the City Council, another part of last year's settlement.
“Losing a loved one is one of the most anguishing feelings we can experience. I want to acknowledge the Kenny family’s loss and I want to acknowledge their pain," Springfield City Manager Nancy Newton said. "We are reviewing the analysis and are doing so with the constructive, forward-looking spirit in which the report has been developed and provided. We are committed to reflecting on this further and examining how we can continue to improve SPD protocols. We will also evaluate these recommendations with our regional partners.”
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