Special Reports

TACOMA: Council to hear details on police domestic abuse

The Tacoma City Council will convene this afternoon to hear details of the Tacoma Police Department's new policy on officer-involved domestic violence. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 747 Market St.

Police officials had planned to present the new policy to a council committee, but all council members wanted to hear it, said city spokesman Scott Huntley. The policy was prompted by Chief David Brame's fatal shooting of his wife, Crystal, last spring.

The meeting is open to the public, but under council rules, the public will not be allowed to comment. Instead, after the presentation, council members will end the meeting, then convene a committee meeting, and take public comment then, Huntley said.

The policy has undergone some last-minute changes. For example, a draft early this week said that if there are domestic violence allegations involving the police chief, employees should notify the city manager, director of human resources and director of personnel. Now the policy requires notification of the mayor, city manager and the Pierce County prosecutor, said policy writer Capt. Tom Strickland.

Lisa Kremer, The News Tribune