Washington state auditor taking a closer look at law enforcement use of deadly force investigations

State Examiner Pat McCarthy says the exams are designed to provide transparency for all Washingtonians when it comes to the use of deadly force investigations.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington has said it will look more closely into investigations into law enforcement’s use of deadly force.

The State’s Auditor’s Office (SAO) will conduct investigations into investigations dating back to January 2020 and compare them to the rules and best practices established by the State’s Criminal Justice Training Commission.

State Examiner Pat McCarthy says this will give Washingtonians better access to understanding how the process works.

“We want to increase trust in the government, that’s one of our goals,” she said. “I think everyone wants the system to work and they want to see it work and we provide those outside, independent, objective eyes to do that.”

Two trials have already been completed, one starring Sean Howell, who died May 15, 2020 after being forcibly held while incarcerated in the Kitsap County Jail, and the other starring David J. Pruitt, who was killed by a Kitsap County jail Deputy on August 4, 2020.

The public prosecutor’s office rejected criminal charges in both cases.

McCarthy says the audits don’t determine whether officers were authorized to use deadly force, but she hopes authorities will heed SAO’s advice on how to improve.

“We look at the facts as they are presented to us and, if you will, we comment on them,” McCarthy said. “Best practices exist and we encourage them to follow those rules and procedures where required.”

The audits are publicly accessible and can be viewed on the website of the State Audit Office. The office has also created a page explaining how deadly force audits are conducted.

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