Victims

LIVES LOST TO POLICE BRUTALITY IN WASHINGTON STATE

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John T. Williams

On August 30, 2010 Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk shot and killed John T. Williams, 50, Native American, in a cross walk carrying his carving knife and a chunk of cedar fatally wounding him. A bystander video of the incident revealed Birk only waited seven seconds after yelling "Drop the knife" before he shot Williams four times. Williams was a seventh-generation Nitinaht carver of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, and was hard of hearing. John is survived by his brother Rick Williams, 

 

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 Jackie Salyers

On January 28, 2016 Tacoma police officer shot and killed Puyallup tribal member Jacqueline Salyers, 32. Two officers allegedly drove up to Salyers’s car from behind without their lights on to apprehend Kenneth Wright a convicted felon who was seated on the passenger side. The police report alleges Jackie accelerated towards them, but the ballistics report reveals Jackie was shot at least once from the drivers side— which implies that the officers' shooting account was a collusion. She is survived by her uncle, James Rideout, and her cousin, Chester Earl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On May 21, 2015 an Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald shot and injured Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin. Donald claimed they attacked him with skateboards when he attempted to apprehend the two as suspects for allegedly shoplifting and assault at a nearby grocery store.Both were seriously injured. Bryson is still partially paralyzed. Although both brothers lived, this nightmare is not over. The officer was not charged, but they were charged with assaulting an officer. 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Covarrubias

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On April 21, Daniel Covarrubias was shot and killed by police in Lakewood, Washington, a community south of Tacoma and Seattle. The 37-year old father of seven had just been released from a nearby hospital and appeared to be disoriented when he wandered into a lumberyard. Employees called 911 and reported that Covarrubias was trespassing, but did not consider him to be a threat. Lakewood Police Officers David Butts and Ryan Hamilton arrived on the scene and shot and killed him within minutes because they claimed the cell phone Daniel was allegedly reaching into his pocket for was a gun. Nine shots were fired, five of which struck and fatally wounded David. An internal investigation by police upheld their actions, and both officers are back on active duty. He is survived by his sister Marilyn Covarrubias.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Antonio Zambrano-Montes

Three Pasco police officers — Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz — fired at Antonio Zambrano-Montes because he was throwing rocks at the three officers. A civilian captured the scene on video depicting Zambrano-Montes running away from the officers with a rock in his had when they began shooting, hitting Zambrano-Montes a total of seventeen times, fatally wounding him. After a lengthy Department of Justice inquiry the officers were not charged. Officer Adam Wright had dragged Zambrano-Montes away from his burning rental home several weeks prior to the shooting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Ron Hillstrom

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA — Ron Hillstrom, a man having a mental episode was brutally beaten to death with flashlights, batons, and tasers as horrified onlookers watched.  Witnesses and video confirm the man was crying out for help as repeated blows from police officers fell upon him in a darkened parking lot.  http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/ron-hillstrom/

 

 

 

 

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 Rocendo Arias

The family of Rocendo Arias, a man killed by a Yakima police officer, has filed a claim against the city and the police department.

Their attorney says the family is seeking justice after they say Arias was shot for simply sleeping in his car. Rocendo Arias was just 23 years old when he was shot by Officer Casey Gillette at the Classic Auto Wash on Jan. 4th of 2014. 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron S. Ayers

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On September 3, an officer stopped a “suspicious” vehicle in Douglas County, according to the sheriff’s office. Cameron S. Ayers was a passenger in the back seat when the shooting occurred. Deputy Rich Magnussen said Ayers had an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections for escape from community custody. Magnussen said it was not immediately clear where the escape had occurred.

Cameron was still seated in the backseat, of a two door car when he was killed.

Cameron was a loved brother and friend. He was only 25 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Kelso police officer fatally shot Omer Ismail Ali after Ali allegedly attacked a gas station clerk, customer and the officer with a walking stick, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Ali died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the results of an autopsy performed Friday. Ali was a transient man with a history of mental illness. 

 

 

 

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 Renee Davis

On October 21, 2016 King County Sheriff's Deputies shot and killed Renee Davis, 25, after they were called to her home on the Muckleshoot reservation for a welfare check called in by a relative. Davis was five months pregnant at the time and was struggling with depression. She was home alone with two small children when officer's claim she was holding a firearm when she answered the door. The details of how the officers fatally wounded her are not public record yet.

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Cecil Lacy was intoxicated and encountered two Tulalip Tribal Police officers and a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy. Reports say he initially agreed to let them drive him to a safe location, then changed his mind. Upon trying to get out of the police vehicle he was tazzed several times. Autopsy reports indicate he died of a heart attack directly caused by the tazzing. 
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Samuel T. Smith, 27, was shot and killed by an officer during an altercation in the 6500 block of Ravenna Avenue Northeast on July 27, 2015. The shooting happened as Smith ran at the officer with a 16-inch knife, an incident captured by a police dashboard camera. The circumstances leading up to the shooting are unclear. Questions remain regarding the officer's attempts to de-escalate. Sam was shot seconds after encountering the Officer. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/inquest-ordered-into-fatal-seattle-police-shooting-of-knife-wielding-man/
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