Pierce County Jail records show that the three men were released at the same time Friday afternoon.
This is the first time Washington’s attorney general has criminally charged officers for the unlawful use of deadly force
, according to a statement from Attorney General Bob Ferguson
The Tacoma Police Union, in una dichiarazione, has called the prosecution “a politically motivated witch hunt” and the officers “fine public servants … sacrificed at the altar of public sentiment.”
“An unbiased jury will find that the officers broke no laws and, infatti, acted in accordance with the law, their training, and Tacoma Police Department policies,” the union said.
Court documents released Thursday said Ellis died during Burbank and Collins’ “felonious assault and/or unlawful imprisonment of Ellis.”
Burbank and Collins
“tackled and struck Ellis multiple times
, applied an LVNR
(Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint
) on Ellis
, and shot him with a taser three times
, all without justification
,” secondo il documenti
The two officers also “failed to render or call for urgent medical aid,” put Ellis in “hogtie restraints,” failed to alert other officers to the medical distress, e “failed to intervene when the officer put the spit hood on Ellis and then failed to remove the spit hood,” according to the documents.
Spit hoods are items that some corrections officers, police officers and paramedics could place on a detainee’s head in certain circumstances to make it harder for that person to spit at, or bite, those officers or others.
“recklessly caused Ellis’s death when
, after hearing Ellis say he could not breathe
” the officer continued to hold Ellis in the prone position and applied pressure to his back
, court documents said