Family of man who died in police custody announces $30M suit

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The family of a Black man who died in Tacoma police custody says they plan to sue the police department for $30 million for his death. The Seattle Times reports lawyer James Bible announced the filing of a tort claim Friday related to the death of Manuel Ellis. Ellis died in handcuffs on March 3 from lack of oxygen caused by being restrained, which the Pierce County Medical Examiner determined was a homicide. In a statement, Tacoma Mayor and City Manager Elizabeth Pauli said they understand the frustration that the family expressed and share their desire for a thorough independent investigation that is completed as swiftly as possible.