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The Trial Ahead

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The trial of the three Tacoma police officers charged with killing Manny Ellis is about to begin.

The 2020 police killing of Manuel "Manny" Ellis, a Black man in Tacoma, brought a reckoning to Washington State and has set up what promises to be one of the highest-profile trials in Pacific Northwest history. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 18, 2023.

Follow the KNKX's coverage at for regular updates during the trial.

Learn more about what happened to Manny Ellis and what led to this historic trial in the KNKX and The Seattle Times' award-winning narrative podcast, The Walk Home, sponsored by, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Group Health Foundation.

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Mayowa Aina covers cost-of-living and affordability issues in Western Washington. She focuses on how people do (or don't) make ends meet, impacts on residents' earning potential and proposed solutions for supporting people living at the margins of our community. Get in touch with her by emailing
Jared Brown is a Tacoma-based reporter for KNKX covering the intersections of policing, courts and power with a focus on accountability and solutions. He is currently a Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellow. You can email him at
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