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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Remember Crystal?

It's now been more than two years since Tacoma Police Chief David Brame mortally wounded his wife, Crystal, then killed himself. The Brame case focused public attention on police hiring practices and on domestic violence committed by law enforcement officers against their family members.

The Brame murder-suicide received very little news coverage in Spokane. Despite the lack of east side news coverage, then-Attorney General Christine Gregoire convened a statewide task force to make recommendations compelling law enforcement administrators to address the issue of domestic violence committed by their employees, sworn law enforcement officers.

The August 2005 issue of Law Reporter, the journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, has an article headlined Spotlight: Family violence center results from suit over police chief’s domestic abuse. (Note: This link is likely to expire within 30 days.) The article succinctly outlines the Brame incident and the plaintiff's assertions.

The case citation of the civil suit is Ahrens v. City of Tacoma, Wash., King County Super. Ct., No. 04-2-00712-7 KNT, Apr. 6, 2005.


Blogger Word Tosser said...

I recall reading about that case at the time.
Bill, wasn't there another one in Spokane around the same time. The officer took his wife to the park and shot her, and himself I think to cover for a story of robbery. He was found guilty and is in prison at this time. Was there previous domestic violence in that one?

4:51 PM, August 12, 2005  
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Blogger cw said...

Thank you for remembering Crystal.

5:55 PM, September 05, 2008  

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