Tacoma Police Department releases statement after charges in Manuel Ellis case

May 27, 2021, 4:38 PM
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The Tacoma Police Department released a statement Thursday afternoon after the Washington state Attorney General’s Office announced charges against three Tacoma police officers in the death of Manuel Ellis.

Today, the Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against three Tacoma Police Officers regarding the Manuel Ellis investigation. Christopher Burbank and Matthew Collins were charged with Second-Degree Murder, and Timothy Rankine was charged with First-Degree Manslaughter. We recognize this decision will not lessen the pain our community is feeling. Conversations and actions regarding police reform are as important as ever. We realize we must reduce outcomes that cause pain and diminish trust within our community. We are committed to upholding accountability of individual officers who violate their oath to protect and serve.

The Tacoma Police Department will now start its own internal review of the actions of the officers involved in this incident. Based on that investigation, we will make further determination regarding any disciplinary actions, policy, or training changes that may occur based on the findings. We will issue Notice of Investigation to officers involved in the incident. This will also include determining the departmental status of the involved officers in accordance with departmental policies and procedures, contractual obligations and following due process.

In alignment with our commitment to transparency and transformation, we will provide regular updates regarding our internal investigation.

Two officers — Christopher Burbank and Matthew Collins — have been charged with second-degree murder, while a third, Timothy Rankine, was charged with first-degree manslaughter charges.

“We look forward to trial,” the Tacoma police union said in a statement released shortly after the announcement.

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Tacoma Police Department releases statement after charges in Manuel Ellis case