Mayor wants officers fired over death, State to review probe

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The mayor of Tacoma, Washington, has told the city manager to fire four police officers following the death of a man after police restrained him in March. Mayor Victoria Woodards on Thursday night directed City Manager Elizabeth Pauli to fire the officers involved in the restraint of 33-year-old black man Manuel Ellis. Her call comes amid the outcry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Authorities have said Ellis appeared to be suffering from some sort of breakdown at attacked officers when they approached him. Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday the state will conduct an independent review of the investigation and any charging decisions related to Ellis’ death.