Jury finds Washington sheriff not guilty of false reporting

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Washington county sheriff in a case involving his confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier.

The Seattle Times reports a jury on Wednesday found Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer not guilty on misdemeanor false-reporting charges.

Troyer, who is white, had been charged in October 2021 by the state attorney general’s office with one count of false reporting and one count of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.

Closing arguments Tuesday clashed over whether Troyer was a “great man” wrongfully accused, or a liar whose false claims of death threats “weaponized” a massive police response against the newspaper carrier.


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