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...