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Two officers exonerated of coverage violations in Manuel Ellis demise

Ellis was a Black man who died whereas in police custody, CNN beforehand reported. He could possibly be heard crying, “I can’t breathe,” on police dispatch audio.

Officer Armando Farinas was investigated for his “application of a spit hood” on Ellis, the police division mentioned. “While the investigation did show that Officer Farinas placed the spit hood on Mr. Ellis, it was found the actions of Officer Farinas were reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances.”

Officer Masiyh Ford was investigated to be used of power, the police division mentioned. While the investigation discovered that Ford “took hold of Mr. Ellis’ legs to allow him to be detained in a restraint” it decided that Ford’s actions have been “reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances and not in violation of department policy.”

Interim Police Chief Mike Ake made the choice to exonerate Farinas and Ford after a evaluate of the inner affairs investigation. The investigation effort was led by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington State Patrol and the Attorney General’s Office, based on the information launch.

Both officers are to return following weeks of coaching, the division mentioned.

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