County wants to hire former US attorney in sheriff probe

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Pierce County Council says it wants to hire former U.S. Attorney Brian Moran for an independent investigation of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s controversial confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier. News outlets report the council on Tuesday unanimously authorized spending up to $50,000 for the investigation. The review will examine whether Troyer, who is white, misused his authority, committed a crime, or deviated from professional standards and there’s a pattern of such violations. Chairman Derek Young said Monday that Moran has the experience they are seeking and isn’t perceived as having one particular leaning. Troyer says he welcomes the investigation and that he did nothing wrong.