Dustin Theoharis was napping at an apartment he was renting in his friend Cole Harrison’s home in Washington,” blacklistednews.com reports. “Police weren’t looking for Theoharis or even his friend Harrison, but instead for Harrison’s son. Harrison’s son hadn’t done anything particularly catastrophic. Instead, he had failed to check in with his state Department of Corrections probation officer.They didn’t find Harrison or his son. The King County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Thompson and corrections officer Kristopher Rongen found Theoharis sleeping. They woke him up and asked him for ID. When he reached for it . . .
they unloaded on him.
“I woke up and there were two guys standing at the door,” Theoharis said. “They asked me for ID and I went to grab for it and that’s when I was shot.”
Theoharis was shot in the jaw, both upper and lower arms, his wrist, hand shoulder and abdomen, and both legs according to medical records. He never made it out of bed and never made a move that could in any way be interpreted as “threatening” the officers. He was simply responding to what they told him to do.
The original suit was for $20 million, but a $3 million settlement was agreed upon, followed by an additional $2.5 million paid out by the state.
Officers Thompson and Rongen were never charged for their mistake. Seattle and Washington State taxpayers, however, were. And probably will again, given the SPD’s checkered (to say the least) and ongoing history of scandal, malfeasance, mistakes and coverups. [h/t TP]