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Portland officials OK $600,000 settlement in fatal officer-involved shooting

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s City Council has approved a $600,000 payment to the family of a man police shot to death after a foot chase that consultants later criticized as a police policy violation.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the payment settles a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by Terrell Johnson’s mother, Alicia Johnson, who said her son was undergoing a mental health crisis when he was killed and had previously been suffering from mental health issues.

The lawsuit says he had sought help from medical professionals, but received none.

A Multnomah County grand jury found that Officer Samson Ajir acted lawfully.

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  1. If Officer Ajir acted lawfully why are the taxpayers paying the family 600K? Seems to me like the payout should be zero. A tragedy without a question but money won’t bring him back and doesn’t appear that the police acted incorrectly

      1. It’s easier, and cheaper, to just give them a settlement. Lawyers don’t want to litigate anymore, and there are way too many civil rights anti police activist and lawyers out to make a quick buck with the cash to keep this going forever in courts, which would end up costing the city much more than 600,00 settlement.

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