3 タコマの警察官が殺人罪で無罪を主張, 黒人男性の死亡による過失致死罪

タコマの将校クリストファー・バーバンク, 35, とマシュー・コリンズ, 38, ピアース郡高等裁判所での仮想出頭中に、第 2 級殺人罪で無罪を主張. Collins also pleaded not guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge, Q13 FOX 報告.

A third officer, 32-year-old Timothy Rankine, also pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Friday, レポートによると.

3 TAA OFFICERS CHARGED IN BLACK MAN’S POLICE-CUSTODY DEATH

All three officers wore coronavirus face masks and orange jail-issued jumpsuits during their hearings.

The charges stem from the March 2020 arrest and death of Ellis, 33. Tasered, handcuffed and hogtied, with his face covered by a spit hood, he did just weeks before George Floyd’s death triggered a nationwide reckoning on race and policing.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner called Ellis’ death a homicide due to a lack of oxygen caused by restraint, with an enlarged heart and methamphetamine intoxication as contributing factors.

The death made Ellis’ name synonymous with pleas for justice at protests in the Pacific Northwest. His final words — “息ができない, お客様!” — were captured by a home security camera, as was the retort from one of the officers: “Shut the (exp exp exp倒語) アップ, man.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged Burbank and Collins, who are White, after witnesses reported that they attacked Ellis without provocation, 当局によると. その間, Rankine, who is Asian American, is accused of kneeling on Ellis’ back and shoulder as he died from a lack of oxygen, による a probable cause statement.