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After the verdict: emotions, politics and what's next in Tacoma

Monet Carter-Mixon, the sister of Manny Ellis, speaks to a crowd after the verdict is read during the trial of three Tacoma Police officers in the death of Manny Ellis, at Pierce County Superior Court, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, in Tacoma, Wash. A jury cleared the three police officers of all criminal charges.
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Monet Carter-Mixon, the sister of Manny Ellis, speaks to a crowd after the verdict is read during the trial of three Tacoma Police officers in the death of Manny Ellis, at Pierce County Superior Court, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, in Tacoma, Wash. A jury cleared the three police officers of all criminal charges.

A Pierce County jury has acquitted Tacoma Police Officers Matthew Collins, Christopher Shane Burbank, and Timothy Rankine of all charges related to the 2020 killing of Manny Ellis. Washington’s Attorney General’s office had charged the officers with murder and manslaughter.

KNKX Reporters Mayowa Aina and Jared Brown sat down together to discuss reaction to Thursday's verdict from the officers, Ellis' little sister Monét Carter-Mixon, and Tacoma’s mayor.

Click "Listen" above to hear their conversation.

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 maina@knkx.org.
Jared Brown was a Poynter Media and Journalism Fellow based at KNKX covering the intersections of policing, courts and power with a focus on accountability and solutions.