by Will Sweger On the night of June 13, 2017, in the tight suburban sprawl of Burien, a series of events played out that ended with police shooting Tommy Le in the back. Le, 20 years old at the time, was set to graduate with a high school diploma from South Seattle Community College.
by Carolyn Bick When they read the report by OIR Group that looked into how the King County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation into Tommy Le’s death, the Le family was surprised to read how much appeared to be working in favor of the sheriff’s department and the involved deputies, Tommy Le’s aunt Uyen Le … Continue reading No Records Exist of the Review Board Interviews Conducted With the Deputies Involved in Tommy Le’s Shooting
by Carolyn Bick Editor’s Note: This article contains details about a homicide case, including images of evidence and crime scene reconstruction, that readers may find disturbing and/or triggering. In the weeks following 20-year-old Tommy Le’s death at the hands of King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cesar Molina, Xuyen Le still refused to believe her nephew … Continue reading Tommy Le May Have Been Shot While Facedown on Roadway, May Not Have Even Had a Pen, Documents Show
by Carolyn Bick Among its many critiques of the way in which the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) handled the 2017 shooting death of Tommy Le — including the “unsettling” lack of accountability — the King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) said that the newly released report it commissioned on the shooting and … Continue reading OLEO Says New Report Finds KCSO Went to “Extraordinary Measures” To Justify Shooting Death of Tommy Le
By Paul Faruq Kiefer (with reporting by Erica C. Barnett) (This article was originally published on The C Is for Crank and has been reprinted under an agreement.) On Tuesday afternoon, the Metropolitan King County Council voted by a narrow margin against renewing Office of Law Enforcement Oversight Director Deborah Jacobs’ contract, which expired in … Continue reading In Narrow Vote, County Council Ousts Police Accountability Director
By Paul Kiefer (This article originally appeared on The C Is for Crank and has been reprinted under an agreement.) On Tuesday, a majority of the Metropolitan King County Council’s Employment and Administration Committee (which includes all nine council members) voted not to extend the contract of Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Director Deborah Jacobs, as … Continue reading King County Council Committee Recommends Replacing Law Enforcement Oversight Director
by Carolyn Bick For 25 years, voters who live in King County’s 12 unincorporated areas that do not have their own police departments have seen their already-small power over who enforces the laws in their communities dwindle. Since the position of King County sheriff became an elected one in 1996, more and more people have … Continue reading The Position of King County Sheriff Could Become an Appointed One. Here’s Why That Matters.
by Neal McNamara SEATTLE, WA — The King County Sheriff’s Office should revise its internal investigations complaint process, an independent group has found. The county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) asked the Connecticut-based Daigle Law Group to assess the effectiveness of the complaint process, and the report was presented to the King County Council … Continue reading Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office
by Joe Nguyen Immediately following the fatal shooting of hopeful high school graduate Tommy Le in June, the King County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release headlined, Deputy Shoots Man Claiming to be the “Creator.” Tommy Le, described the release, “was shot by one Deputy as he advanced on them.” This initial coverage lead us … Continue reading Reclaiming the Narrative for Tommy Le
by Sharon H. Chang In the tradition of Mahayana Buddhism practiced by the Vietnamese, Hoai Le and Dieu Ho are wearing white dress shirts–white being symbolic of death. Over her heart, mother Dieu Ho also wears a small piece of black material showing she is in mourning. The two parents will grieve for 49 days … Continue reading Community Honors Tommy Le, Demands Justice