Crystal Brame’s family filed a $75 million claim against the city of Tacoma yesterday, the first step toward a lawsuit over the woman’s death at the hands of her husband, the late Tacoma Police Chief David Brame. The chief fatally shot his wife and killed himself April 26 while their children, 8-year-old Haley and 5-year-old David Jr., were nearby.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Crystal Brame’s parents and sister want to know why the city gave David Brame power and a gun when he failed a pre-employment psychological exam and later was accused of raping a woman.
The claim says that officials ignored signs Brame was destructive, kept secret the rape allegation and didn’t investigate accusations that he abused his wife and sexually harassed a female officer.
The Brame family has hired Seattle personal injury attorney Paul Luvera, who said, “In my view, David Brame should have never been given a badge and a gun, let alone made the chief of police. As a result of the system failure, we have a murdered woman and two children who’ve been made orphans.”