Olympia, WA

Clark County prosecutor sides with police in deadly shooting of Olympia Black man

Timothy A Gruver

The Clark County Prosecutor has found Olympia police officers were justified in shooting and killing Olympia man Timothy Green last year, the City of Olympia reports.

Green, 37, was shot and killed by police on Aug. 22, 2022, in an incident at an Olympia Starbucks, according to the Olympia Police Department. Officers were purportedly responding to the scene after Green was accused of consuming alcohol on the premises and damaging a bathroom, the department reported at the time.

The Clark County Prosecutor's Office was asked to step in to investigate the case after the Thurston County Prosecutor's Office declined to file any charges against the four officers and to avoid conflicts of interest, according to the Olympian.

Washington law prohibits the office in the jurisdiction of the shooting to investigate the shooting when police are involved.

The city of Olympia released the following statement on Monday thanking the various law enforcement bodies involved in investigating the shooting.

"We understand that this has been a difficult time for our community, and we appreciate your patience through the long investigative process," the City of Olympia's statement reads. "The City of Olympia thanks the Capital Metro Independent Investigations Team for their dedication to completing a thorough review of this incident and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for its professionalism and due diligence."

As reported by King 5 News, Green, a Black man, purportedly suffered from mental illness, according to his family. His family is seeking $21 million from the City of Olympia for his killing, the outlet reports.

According to the City of Olympia's statement on Monday, the Olympia Police Department will conduct a "thorough review" of the shooting to determine whether the use of force was consistent with its training and policy.

Olympia Police Chief Rich Allen will convene a seven-member Use of Force Review Board from inside and outside the department, including a community representative from the Use of Force board, the city reports further.


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