Pierce County Sheriff added to list of officers with credibility issues

Oct 30, 2021, 9:25 AM | Updated: Nov 1, 2021, 5:42 am
Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer...
Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. (KIRO 7)
(KIRO 7)

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer has been added to a county-level list of law enforcement officers with a history of credibility issues.

Group pushes to have Pierce County Sheriff added to Brady list

The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office told KIRO Radio that its impeachment committee met on Friday, and arrived at the determination that “Sheriff Troyer will be added to the list of recurring witnesses with potential impeachment information.”

Known more formally as the Brady list, it’s used by prosecutors to identify officers with a history of dishonest or problematic behavior that could potentially compromise their testimony in court.

Troyer — who pleaded not guilty to a pair of misdemeanor charges on Friday — called the police on Black newspaper carrier Sedrick Altheimer around 2 a.m. on Jan. 27, describing him to the dispatcher as “homeless-looking,” and saying on three separate occasions that Altheimer had “threatened to kill” him.

Troyer later amended his story to officers at the scene to say that Altheimer had “never threatened him,” before clarifying his statement again the following day to allege that Altheimer told him he was “going to take (him) out.”

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The charges — one count of false reporting, and one count of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant — were filed against Troyer by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in mid-October. If he’s convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Earlier in the week, the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance had petitioned Pierce County Prosecutor Mary Robnett to have Troyer added to the Brady list. In a letter addressed to Robnett, the group claimed that Troyer’s “integrity as a law enforcement agent should not be trusted,” and that the January incident “calls into question any past or future statements” made by Troyer in court.

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Pierce County Sheriff added to list of officers with credibility issues