Families of those killed by police to get attorneys

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

SEATTLE  — The Metropolitan King County Council has unanimously adopted legislation to provide publicly funded legal representation during inquest proceedings to families of those killed as the result of police use of deadly force.

The Seattle Times reports the council's action Monday comes as a special committee appointed by King County Executive Dow Constantine has been asked to consider whether broader changes are needed in the county's inquest system.

The committee's report is due in March.

The ordinance calls for the county's Department of Public Defense to provide attorneys to families participating in inquests no matter their financial status. Families could opt not to be represented.

The county won't pay for outside attorneys, which could be used if families choose that option.

The Department of Public Defense has informed the county it can do the work with existing staff.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.