Jacob Ryan MacDuff, 26, was shot and killed by police officer in Tigard, Oregon.
On January 6, 2021, MacDuff’s mother called the police because he became aggressive while his mental health crisis. She hoped police officers would help to take him to a hospital.
When MacDuff saw police officers, he locked himself in a truck. Police officer called MacDuff’s mother for permission to break the truck window to get him out, she agreed. Two hours later she got a call saying an officer had shot and killed her son. According to the police, he was armed with a knife and resisted arrest, and the officer shot him during the struggle.
In May 2021, MacDuff’s mother has filed a tort claim against Tigard police, saying she wants to know what exactly happened in the minutes between her talking to the officer over the phone and her son getting shot.
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“He was my only son, and I just remember him with his beautiful smile and his twinkling blue eyes. He always told me that he would protect me and take care of me,” MacDuff’s mother said.
“He always had a fear of being taken against his will, his mind was not thinking rationally,” MacDuff’s neighbor said. “They didn’t understand, the officers didn’t see the Jacob I saw. They weren’t recognizing a mental crisis, but anyone could have spent three minutes with him and tell he’s in a mental crisis. All the signs were clearly there.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.