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More than three years after Manny Ellis’ killing, a trial is set to begin

A sign that reads "March 3, 2020," rests on concrete next to green plants and orange poppies.
Ted S. Warren
A sign that reads "March 3, 2020," is displayed Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the "Manny's Garden" memorial established at the intersection of 96th St. and Ainsworth Ave. in Tacoma, Wash., where Manuel "Manny" Ellis died on March 3, 2020, after he was restrained by police officers.

On Monday, jury selection begins in the long-anticipated trialin the killing of Manny Ellis, more than three and a half years after his death while in police custody.

Tacoma Police Officers Matthew Collins, Christopher Burbank and Timothy Rankine face manslaughter charges in connection with the death. Collins and Burbank are also charged with second-degree murder.

KNKX reporter Jared Brown is part of The Walk Homepodcast team and will be covering the trial along with The Seattle Times. He joined KNKX All Things Considered host Emil Moffatt to give a preview of what’s ahead.

Listen to their conversation above.

Learn more about what happened to Manny Ellis and what led to this trial in The Walk Home, an award-winning narrative podcast from KNKX and The Seattle Times. Subscribe at and on all podcast platforms.

Emil Moffatt joined KNKX in October 2022 as All Things Considered host/reporter. He came to the Puget Sound area from Atlanta where he covered the state legislature, the 2021 World Series and most recently, business and technology as a reporter for WABE. Contact him at
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 Media and Journalism Fellow. You can email him at
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