Reporting WA Sheriff’s Misconduct Over Confrontation With Black Man | Washington News
TACOMA, Washington (AP) – An investigation led by a former U.S. lawyer has found that a Washington state sheriff violated policies against impartial police and other standards in a controversial January meeting with a black newspaper carrier.
Brian Moran’s 48-page report, released Tuesday, criticized Pierce Ed Troyer County Sheriff’s belated decision to follow a car driven by then-24-year-old Sedrick Altheimer and subsequently call for a grand intervention urgently claiming that Altheimer threatened to kill him.
“We are unable to substantiate Sheriff Troyer’s assertion that Mr. Altheimer threatened to kill or harm him during this incident,” said a summary of Moran’s report. “We also find that a reasonable person could conclude that Sheriff Troyer displayed improper bias in his confrontation with Mr. Altheimer.”
The Seattle Times reports that the findings, commissioned by Pierce County Council, found Troyer, who is white, violated professional conduct policies against impartial police and engaged in law enforcement activities in outside of his duties, among others.
He concluded that Troyer may not have known about Altheimer’s stroke when he started following him in the early hours of the morning of January 27, but that he did know when he called a dispatcher. emergency 911.
Moran’s investigation is a separate civil investigation from a criminal investigation by the attorney general’s office, which last week indicted Troyer with two misdemeanor counts of misrepresentation.
John Sheeran, a lawyer for Troyer, said in a statement that he had not lied and had acted appropriately.
“Sheriff Troyer did exactly what the people of Pierce County would have law enforcement do: he observed a suspicious vehicle at 2 a.m. and called the police,” Sheeran said. “We look forward to a jury trial where the residents of Pierce County will try him after hearing witnesses.”
Altheimer has filed a federal lawsuit against Pierce County for at least $ 5 million.
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