Death of man in Tacoma police custody caused by restraint

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says he and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will push to ensure there is a “full and complete investigation into the death” of Manuel Ellis who died March 3 in handcuffs while being restrained by Tacoma police. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia due to physical restraint and ruled Ellis’ death a homicide. Police say two Tacoma police officers  had asked Ellis if he needed help and when the officer stepped out of the car to talk, Ellis allegedly assaulted the officer, leading to the restraint. The News Tribune reports the Pierce County Sheriff’s office is investigating.