State granted joint jurisdiction in restraint death probe

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The state Attorney General’s office has been granted concurrent jurisdiction in the investigation into the death of a black man who died while in Tacoma Police custody. News outlets report the move by Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mary Robnett Monday allows Bob Ferguson’s office to review Manual Ellis’ March death. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee pledged an independent state review after the Pierce County prosecutor’s work was complete, but Robnett said she didn’t want to wait, granting Ferguson’s office access to the case immediately. The state patrol will review the Pierce County sheriff’s investigation of Ellis’ death. Ferguson’s office determine whether any different charging decisions need to be made by the attorney general.