Widows of Slain WA Officers File Claim Seeking Policy Changes


Widows of two slain Lakewood, Wa., police officers accuse the state Department of Corrections of bungling — and then lying about — supervision of the man who killed their husbands. The Seattle Times says they filed a tort claim attempting to make the state a culpable party in the 2009 murders of four police officers by pinpointing lapses in the agency’s supervision of shooter Maurice Clemmons.

The most serious charge accuses state staff members of wrongly ignoring an Arkansas arrest warrant against Clemmons when he was jailed on a child-rape charge. Jack Connelly, an attorney for the women, said he hopes the state will settle and agree to make some policy changes.

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