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By Sydney Brown
WNPA News Service 

Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Investigative panel would not include police


Last updated 1/27/2021 at 8:49pm

Fred Thomas believes if an independent team had investigated his son’s death, the outcome would have been much different.

In May 2013, 30-year-old Leonard Thomas was shot by Lakewood police sniper Brian Markert after a four-hour standoff between Thomas and the Pierce County Metro SWAT team. The team responded to a domestic dispute at Thomas’ home in Fife. Thomas was unarmed and holding his 4-year-old son in his arms when Markert shot him.

When Fred Thomas and his family pursued legal action, he said they faced an uphill battle. A unanimous federal court jury finally decided on a $15 m...

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