Attorney general deciding charges in police restraint death

The Washington State Patrol has finished its investigation into the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died while being restrained by Tacoma police officers. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Friday that his office will decide whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death. Gov. Jay Inslee assigned the case to a special investigative team in June after it became public that a deputy from the previous lead investigation agency had responded to the scene where Ellis died on March 3. Ellis, 33, died after Tacoma police blocked his airway during an encounter as he walked home from a convenience store. Ferguson gave no estimate of when charging decisions could be made, The Seattle Times reported. With its investigation, the State Patrol did not offer a recommendation on charging any of the officers who restrained Ellis on the night he died. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide, concluding that Ellis died from a lack of oxygen due to physical restraint. (AP)

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