TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An expert in forensic pathology has testified in the ongoing trial of three Tacoma, Washington, police officers charged with the death of Manuel Ellis that Ellis likely would have lived if not for the officers’ actions. The Seattle Times reports Dr. Roger Mitchell, former chief medical examiner for Washington, D.C., made the statement Monday and last week affirmed the ex-Pierce County Medical Examiner’s ruling that Ellis, a Black man, died by homicide from oxygen deprivation caused by physical restraint. Officers Matthew Collins and Christopher Burbank, both white, are charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Ellis on March 3, 2020. Officer Timothy Rankine, who is Asian American, is charged with manslaughter. All have pleaded not guilty.
BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION
ABC 17 News is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.
Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here
If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.