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Prosecutors won't charge Tacoma police commander

A Tacoma police commander investigated for domestic violence after third-hand allegations that he stalked his wife won't face criminal charges.

"We decided not to file any charges, due to insufficient evidence," said Cort O'Connor, a Pierce County deputy prosecutor heading the misdemeanor domestic violence unit.

The investigation began after John Hathaway, author of an Internet publication often critical of the city, on July 10 sent acting Police Chief Don Ramsdell excerpts of an anonymous e-mail he received containing the allegations.

Tacoma police asked the Pierce County Sheriff's Department to follow up on the criminal investigation and conduct an Internal Affairs query.

The officer - one of 25 department commanders - was not placed on administrative leave but was closely supervised during the investigations.

The News Tribune is not naming the officer because he neither was charged with a crime nor had an internal investigation sustain any allegations against him.

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