Kilmer Statement on AG Ferguson Charging Three Officers in the Killing of Manuel Ellis

Tacoma, WA – U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) issued the following statement after the Washington Attorney General filed felony charges against three Tacoma Police Department officers involved in the homicide of Manuel Ellis:

“Manny Ellis' life mattered. Today's decision by the Attorney General's office is a step toward ensuring there is accountability for what happened that tragic evening more than fourteen months ago in Tacoma. For too long, far too many of our fellow Americans have dealt with injustice and bigotry and violence. That’s why at all levels of government – federal, state, and local – we’ve got to address inequity where it exists, create accountability where it doesn’t, and make necessary reforms to ensure liberty and justice for all. I’ll keep working toward that end, including working to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act into law. My thoughts are with the loved ones of the Ellis family.”