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February 17, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Man who claimed rough arrest during Seattle May Day riots drops suit

A freelance photographer has dropped a lawsuit alleging he was roughly arrested by Seattle police and later charged with assaulting an officer during the 2012 May Day protests, according to court records. Joshua “Alex” Garland claimed a video posted on YouTube shows he never touched the officer, who later alleged Garland grabbed his wrist and twisted during…

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February 5, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Pierce County to pay $750,000 for man’s death during arrest

Pierce County will pay the family of a mentally ill man who died after being beaten by sheriff’s deputies $750,000 in a settlement that also assures deputies will receive additional training in dealing with the mentally disturbed. Ronald Hillstrom, a 44-year-old University Place man with a history of severe mental illness, including psychosis, died on May…

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