Fam­ily of man killed by of­fi­cer ques­tions po­lice ac­count

Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - News -

SEAT­TLE

Rel­a­tives of a man who was shot and killed by a Seat­tle po­lice of­fi­cer Mon­day are chal­leng­ing the po­lice ac­count of the en­counter, ques­tion­ing why of­fi­cers did not try to de-es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion.

The Seat­tle Times re­ports at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day fam­ily mem­bers of Iosia Fale­togo raised ques­tions re­lated to of­fi­cer body-cam­era videos re­leased by po­lice. The videos show po­lice chas­ing Fale­togo af­ter he bolted from a traf­fic stop and his strug­gle with of­fi­cers be­fore he was shot in the head.

Some videos show a hand­gun in Fale­togo’s hand while oth­ers ap­pear to show his hands empty when he was shot.

Rel­a­tives also asked why they hadn’t been al­lowed to see or claim Fale­togo’s body.

The Seat­tle Po­lice Of­fi­cers Guild, the union rep­re­sent­ing 1,300 of­fi­cers and sergeants, said in a state­ment Fri­day that Fale­togo re­peat­edly failed to com­ply with warn­ings from of­fi­cers.

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