Multiple Tacoma officers charged with felonies in the killing of Manuel Ellis. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who took over the case after a botched local investigation, announced Thursday that Matthew Collins, 38, will face second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges.
The charges in Pierce County Superior Court portray the officers as instigating an unnecessary, violent confrontation on a South Tacoma street with Ellis, a 33 year-old man, on March 3, 2020, and callously ignoring Ellis’ dying plea of “Can’t breathe, sir!”
Collins used a “lateral vascular neck restraint” from behind, a chokehold tactic courts have ruled constitutes deadly force. Collins can be seen pushing Ellis’ face into the pavement.
Congradulations Matthew and all of the Tacoma Police Department!