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ACLU, Disability Rights Washington fighting release of records tied to Washington’s transgender prison population

UPDATED: Wed., May 12, 2021

An attorney representing five anonymous inmates argued against the release of the records in a federal courtroom in Spokane on Wednesday afternoon. The Washington Department of Corrections has prepared the records for release, but Disability Rights Washington and the ACLU argue doing so would cause irreparable harm to the 149 incarcerated people who identify as transgender, particularly because some of the records sought are forms completed by transgender inmates seeking protection from harm in prisons.
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Lawsuit: State operation to catch sex offenders entrapped innocent men to boost arrest numbers

Quentin Parker believes the sting operation that identified him as a “dangerous child predator” in 2019 failed its mission. Though charges against him were ultimately dropped, he claims in his recent lawsuit against Washington State Patrol that dishonest detectives manipulated him and “forever tainted and destroyed” his life for their own financial gain.
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Man bit by Spokane police dog in controversial 2019 arrest files excessive force lawsuit

UPDATED: Wed., April 14, 2021

Lucas Ellerman, 30, filed an excessive force lawsuit in Spokane Superior Court on Friday against the city and Officers Dan and Scott Lesser. Ellerman, who led the two officers on a chase in February 2019 that ended in his violent and controversial arrest, is seeking more than $650,000 in damages, according to a tort claim filed with the city earlier this year.