Prosecutors: Not Enough Evidence Cops Who Shot Unarmed Man 16 Times As He Lay In Bed Acted With ‘Malice’

KING5 screencapReason – by Ed Krayewski

Four years ago cops from the King’s County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Corrections (DOC) in Washington busted into the home of Dustin Theoharis and shot the unarmed man 16 times as he lay in bed. Theoharis had at least a dozen surgeries but survived. He sued the county, settling for $3 million, and has also sued the DOC.

Both the county and the department have ruled the shootings justified, despite the lack of a firearm and the fact that the two cops shot a man 16 times as he lay in bed. Earlier this month a judge ruled Theoharis’ excessive force lawsuit against the DOC could move forward, citing the cops’ questionable testimony (they didn’t provide a statement for weeks after the shooting).  

But that’s not enough for county prosecutors, who when they declined three years ago to charge the two officers, in part because they said the officers wouldn’t give them statements, said they would review the decision if new information came out. Via The Seattle Times:

On Friday, the Prosecutor’s Office released this statement:

“We have reviewed the depositions and other documents from the civil case, including the recent ruling from the Federal court presiding over the civil lawsuit. We did not find any new information that would change our legal analysis.

“There remains insufficient evidence that the officers were acting with malice or in bad faith when they used deadly force,” the statement added. “The State would not be able to disprove the justifiable use of deadly force beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, we are unable to file criminal charges. “

Both officers appear to remain employed with their respective agencies, while according to his attorney Theoharis, a mechanic, is still recovering from his injuries and unable to work.

http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/22/prosecutors-not-enough-evidence-cops-who

5 thoughts on “Prosecutors: Not Enough Evidence Cops Who Shot Unarmed Man 16 Times As He Lay In Bed Acted With ‘Malice’

  1. “There remains insufficient evidence that the officers were acting with malice or in bad faith when they used deadly force,” the statement added.”…

    “…However, had a civilian committed this crime, the evidence would have been overwhelming,” he added.

  2. “Both the county and the department have ruled the shootings justified, despite the lack of a firearm and the fact that the two cops shot a man 16 times as he lay in bed.

    Both officers appear to remain employed with their respective agencies”

    How these people can live with themselves is beyond me. They seriously can’t be human. I mean what kind of humans would think that shooting an unarmed man in bed 16 times is justified? I don’t even care if they are getting paid to keep their mouths shut and to look the other way. Those people just can’t be human. There’s just no way. They must be demons from Hell or something. It’s just insane.

    1. All one can do is hope karma is a big black train and it runs their a$$ over for this when they least expect it
      Gods watching , they won’t live good lives , a violent death is on their doorstep and they will walk this earth looking over their shoulder for eternity

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