This whole incident is all sorts of fail and can easily be broken down as an officer was quick to resort to his taser without using his brain. Then after screwing the pooch on that front they doubled down on stupid.
RCW 2.42.120 (5) states “If a hearing impaired person is arrested for an alleged violation of a criminal law, the arresting officer or the officer’s supervisor shall, at the earliest possible time, procure and arrange payment for a qualified interpreter for any notification of rights, warning, interrogation, or taking of a statement. No employee of the law enforcement agency who has responsibilities other than interpreting may be appointed as a qualified interpreter.”
Basically these officers played the game of CYA and ended up violating more laws because of it. There’s a reason the prosecutor didn’t file charges, no jury in the world would convict. Further she probably saw the civil suit writing on the wall. This ends up in the full count because of the following:
The story is complex and the officers at the scene clearly had a different point of view. KIRO 7 Investigators have tried to get their explanation for six weeks and while we’ve talked to Tacoma Police on the phone they would not respond to the allegations. We’ve also sent them emails and left several messages.
There is no doubt that the Tacoma Police will not be punishing the officers involved and will do nothing to mediate or resolve the situation they have created. This is a textbook case of the state sponsoring its own criminals.
State Sponsored Criminal #380: Ryan Koskovich
#381: Michael Young
Because you immediately jump to the taser when you know there is a deaf woman involved. Further, after finding out you tasered an innocent, you charge her with a crime and hold her against the law without an interpreter or informing your supervisor she’s deaf. Because the police don’t have to follow the law, they are the law.
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