Casey McNerthney (seattlepi.com, with video (17:33):
A citizen grand jury will not be convened to consider criminal charges against the former police officer who killed John T. Williams, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced Friday.Howie P.S.: Eerie soundtrack to the video: the officer was listening to sports talk radio in his patrol car.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes also did not request Satterberg take action despite a letter from attorneys representing Williams' family.
However, Holmes said he's concerned about the breadth and vagueness of the lawful use of the state's deadly-force statute and wants further public debate before the next legislative session.
"I believe that the statute should be amended, for example, to add a 'reasonable belief' requirement or perhaps to remove the 'malice' element altogether -- keeping in mind that a prosecutor would still have to prove the objective unreasonable of a police officer's actions beyond a reasonable doubt in any manslaughter case." MORE...