Inslee: State Patrol will investigate police custody death

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says the Washington State Patrol will conduct a new investigation into the death of a black man while in the custody of Tacoma police. Inslee made the announcement Wednesday after new information emerged last week that a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy and a Washington State Patrol trooper were at the scene when Manuel Ellis was detained and died on March 3. The investigation had been underway by the Pierce County Sheriff because of an initiative passed by voters that prohibits police agencies from investigating themselves. Inslee said Wednesday the deputy participated in restraining Ellis. He said the trooper’s actions were limited and that he will be excluded from the investigation.