The death of John Elifritz at City Team shelter on Saturday, April 7th is cause for concern. Mr. Elifritz was shot and killed by police while he was engaging in self-harm, in a crowded homeless shelter. At this point, some of what we know about events leading up to the shooting points to possible behavioral health crisis. Many facts remain unknown.
Promoting crisis intervention techniques that allow law enforcement officers to safely deescalate such situations is critical to our mission.
We’re calling for an independent investigation of Mr. Elifritz’s death by the City of Portland’s Independent Police Review.