Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer accused of false statements during a January confrontation with a newspaper reporter

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office has filed two misdemeanor charges against Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer in connection with his controversial January confrontation with Black newspaper.

According to a probable cause statement released on Tuesday, Troyer is facing one charge of false reporting and one charge of making a false statement to a government official for telling the emergency dispatcher that carrier Cedric Altheimer threatened to kill him.

Troyer, who denies wrongdoing, criticized the decision on Tuesday.

“In 37 years, I have never had a valid or substantiated complaint,” he said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning. “I have never had any complaints about racial bias, use of force or sexual discrimination.”

Altheimer, 24, was driving his usual delivery route on January 27 when Troyer began following him in his unmarked personal SUV.

The two found themselves in a confrontation at 2 a.m. in which Troyer called the emergency dispatcher, stating that Altheimer had threatened to kill him.

The call from the county’s chief law enforcement officer sparked a massive police response, with more than 40 units from various agencies rushing to the scene, although most of them were recalled after the Tacoma police arrived.

In his call, Troyer described Altheimer’s 1995 Geo Prizm variously as “something of a gray car” and “some kind of battered truck, old, looking homeless.” He has repeatedly said that Altheimer “threatened to kill me.” Altheimer denied any threats and said that Troyer did not identify himself as a law enforcement officer.

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After being interrogated that night, Troyer reiterated his claim that Altheimer had threatened him, according to a Tacoma police report. Although video footage of Altheimer’s interrogation by the police was later released, the recording of the interview with Troyer that night was not released. The Tacoma police commander was later punished for failing to provide a video recording.

Troyer is a 35-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and was the agency’s public face and media spokesperson for years before he was elected sheriff in November.

After The Seattle Times first reported the January incident in March, Troyer faced calls for him to resign or be removed from some community groups and civil rights organizations.

Lawyers representing Altheimer filed a tort tort suit against Pierce County in June, arguing that Troyer’s actions amounted to “racial profiling, false arrest and unnecessary use of force.” The pre-litigation claim seeks millions of dollars in damages.

In addition to the attorney general’s criminal investigation, Pierce County Council hired former U.S. attorney Brian Moran to investigate whether Troyer abused his powers or deviated from professional standards, including integrity, and whether he has examples of such violations.

Moran said in an interview on Tuesday that his investigation was almost complete.

Seattle Times reporters Lewis Kumb and Christine Clarridge contributed to this report.

This is the latest news to be updated.

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