When the late Maurice Clemmons, the man suspected of killing four suburban Seattle police officers, was freed from jail last week, it wasn’t for lack of effort on the part of officials to keep him behind bars. Everyone from prosecutors to sheriff’s deputies to corrections officers viewed Clemmons as a dangerous man, and wanted desperately to keep him in custody, the Seattle Times reports. Clemmons was killed by a police officer yesterday.
Washington officials encountered resistance from an unlikely source – their correctional colleagues in Arkansas. The dispute centers on whether a warrant issued by Arkansas in October would have allowed Washington authorities to prevent Clemmons’ release from jail six days before the shootings occurred. Arkansas says yes. Washington says no.