by Senator Joe Nguyen Tommy Le should be alive today. On this fourth anniversary of his death, our thoughts are with the Le family and the countless lives impacted by violence and marginalization in this country. Four years ago, I read a headline about a police killing in Burien, and a few hours later received … Continue reading OPINION: Remembering Tommy Le
by Carolyn Bick The only thing that appears to be standing in the way of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General or the United States Department of Justice bringing criminal charges against the King County Sheriff’s Office for its handling of the 2017 shooting death of Tommy Le is a phone call from … Continue reading Prosecutor’s Office May Face Conflict of Interest in Tommy Le Case
by Carolyn Bick When they read the OIR Group report commissioned by King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight 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 … 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 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 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
by Lily Rodriguez, GZR Newsroom (This article is jointly published between Ground Zero Radio, an initiative of the Vera Project, and the South Seattle Emerald.) As an expansive and varied medium, film has the ability to challenge, bewilder, and provoke viewers. Yet in contemporary cinema, moviegoers generally have a decent idea of what they are … Continue reading The Beacon Challenges Audiences to Abandon Expectations in Secret Cinema Series
by Guy Oron (This article was originally published on Real Change News and has been reprinted under an agreement.) For Carolyn E. Bick, journalism must be confrontational and challenge the status quo, even if that risks losing access to powerful people and institutions.