Q: How much has the Brame investigation cost?
A: The investigation has cost the Washington State Patrol $203,440 to date. The City of Tacoma has been billed for another $177,000. The State Patrol has paid for investigation costs; the city is picking up the tab for overtime and expenses. State Patrol investigators also plan to help with Tacoma's Internal Affairs investigation, but no cost estimates have been discussed.
Q: How does the state attorney general's report affect Tacoma assistant police chief Catherine Woodard's retirement?
A: It doesn't. Woodard qualified for a disability retirement after the city's police pension board approved her application because of a back injury. State investigators could find that Woodard violated department policies and procedures, but by law she earned her retirement, and it can't be taken away.
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Q. What's the difference between the criminal investigation by the Washington State Patrol and the upcoming administrative one?
A. In a criminal investigation, witnesses can refuse to help, saying they don't want to incriminate themselves. Prosecutors must be able to prove crimes beyond a reasonable doubt to get a conviction.
An administrative investigation is a workplace matter. Employees must cooperate with investigators or face losing their jobs. The standard of proof is lower: To show wrongdoing, investigators need only show it's more likely than not that the employee broke a workplace policy.
Q: How did the Washington State Patrol's investigation come to be?
A: On May 2, Pierce County Prosecutor Gerald Horne asked the state attorney general to begin a criminal investigation into possible criminal misconduct by assistant chief Catherine Woodard. Then, in a May 5 letter, Horne broadened the scope of the investigation to include "all aspects" of David Brame's suicide and the fatal shooting of his wife.