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Category: Internal affairs


Prosecutors: Lakewood officers justified in killing man who shot at them

Two Lakewood police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man who engaged them in a gunfight following a high-speed chase last year, authorities said today.

Ryan Moody and Jon Waller had “no choice” but to shoot Michael David Crawford Dec. 9, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

“Mr. Crawford was in a stolen car, wearing body armor and was packing a loaded handgun,” Lindquist said. “Mr. Crawford fled from police and fired at them, leaving officers no choice but to return fire.”

Moody and Waller spotted Crawford, 35, driving a stolen car on Interstate 5 near Tillicum and tried to pull

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Prosecutor: Police shooting of Tacoma man justified

A Tacoma police officer acted justifiably when he shot and killed an Army sergeant outside a Hilltop house last summer, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has decided.

Officer Keith O’Rouke feared for his life when Prince Jamel Gavin raised a pistol  toward O’Rourke during a confrontation Aug. 31, Lindquist’s office said in a news release issued this morning.

“This began as a domestic violence call and ended when Mr. Gavin pointed a handgun at the officer,” Lindquist said. “The officer acted to protect himself and anyone inside the 911 caller’s house.”

The shooting was investigated by Tacoma police, county prosecutors

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Lakewood fires police officer accused of stealing money from charity for fallen officers’ families

Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz has fired police officer Skeeter Timothy Manos, who’s up on federal charges for allegedly siphoning money from a charity meant to benefit the families of the four officers killed at a Parkland coffee shop in 2009.

Neiditz fired Manos Friday at the recommendation of Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, according to a news release issued this morning.

Manos is accused of stealing more than $150,000 in charitable contributions meant for the families of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens.

You can read more about Manos here.


Two more veteran Tacoma police officers retire

Two veteran Tacoma police officers retired at the beginning of the year to take advantage of a one-time incentive from the City of Tacoma.

Sgt. Leona Ellis and officer Ken Hall joined seven other members of the Tacoma Police Department in accepting the $12,000 lump-sum buyout. Their retirements took effective Sunday.

The city offered the incentive as a way to help deal with a projected $31 million budget shortfall. The hope the retirements would off-set the need to layoff other employees.

Citywide, 58 employees took advantage of the offer.

Ellis had been with the Tacoma Police Department for more

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DOJ details findings in Seattle Police investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice is detailing its investigation into the Seattle Police Department this morning.

Here’s the agency press release on its findings:

WASHINGTON – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law.  A letter detailing the findings was delivered to Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz.

The investigation, launched on March 31, 2011, and conducted by the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for

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Six Tacoma police veterans set to retire

News Tribune City Hall reporter Lewis Kamb reports that 166 city workers – including Tacoma police officers and firefighters – are being told today that their jobs are officially at risk because of $23 million of budget cuts expected by the end of the year.

The figure includes 48 police positions. Read more here.

Six Tacoma police veterans have told the city they will retire by the end of the year to take advantage of a $12,000 lump-sum buyout being offered. General-government workers who are eligible to retire can receive the buyout if they leave by Jan.

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Pierce County sheriff fires second deputy convicted of perjury

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor today fired a second deputy who was convicted of perjury last month.

Rex McNicol, 48, was terminated during a meeting with Pastor, said deputy prosecutor Craig Adams, the sheriff’s legal advisor.

A Superior Court jury last month convicted McNicol and deputy Jeff Montgomery, 36, of first-degree perjury, a felony.

Pastor fired Montgomery last week. The two deputies had been on unpaid leave since being charged last year.

Both men hired on with the Sheriff’s Department in 2006. It was Montgomery’s first law-enforcement job. McNicol joined the department after a long career in

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Sheriff fires Pierce County deputy convicted of perjury

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor this afternoon fired a deputy who was convicted last month of perjury.

Jeff Montgomery, 36, was terminated during a meeting with Pastor, said Craig Adams, the sheriff’s legal advisor.

A jury on Sept. 23 convicted Montgomery and colleague Rex McNicol of first-degree perjury. Jurors believed the men lied on the witness stand during a 2010 court hearing in the case of a convicted felon charged with illegally possessing a gun.

McNicol, 48, is scheduled to meet with Pastor next week. He, too, is expected to be fired.

Both men hired on with the Sheriff’s Department

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