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Three Washington state police officers acquitted in killing of Black man

Three Washington state police officers acquitted in killing of Black man

THREE Tacoma, Washington, policemen were acquitted of homicide charges in the 2020 killing of Manuel Ellis, a Black man whose dying pleas for breath during a struggle with officers bore grim parallels to the murder of George Floyd weeks later. Officers Christopher Burbank and Matthew Collins were found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges, while a third officer, Timothy Rankine, was found not guilty of manslaughter following a trial that lasted more than two months. Ellis' family members and their supporters expressed anger at the outcome of the first such case brought against law enforcement officers under a new…
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