John T. Williams, a Native American woodcarver, died after being shot 4 times by Officer Ian Birk on August 30, 2010. Dashcam video is shown below.
Seattle paid $1.5 million to the family of the victim.
Birk resigned Feb. 16 after the release of a scathing report by the Firearms Review Board report that found, among other problems, that Birk didn’t identify himself as a police officer as he approached Williams from behind. Williams was crossing the intersection while carving on a piece of wood with a legal knife. The knife was folded shut when found by officers.
Officer Birk was not criminally charged in the shooting. So, I guess you can get away with murder in the United States.
- DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation of Seattle PD (foxnews.com)
- “No-Fault Police Murder in Seattle” and related posts (lewrockwell.com)
- Williams family wants alternative for possible charge against cop (seattlepi.com)