Special Reports

Brame files still at issue

After two defeats in court, a Tacoma police union still hopes to block disclosure of records related to the David Brame scandal.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor on Friday refused a request for a stay from Local 26, a union representing police lieutenants and captains. Tabor agreed to give the union one day to seek emergency relief from the state Court of Appeals.

The union must obtain an emergency stay from the court by 4:30 p.m. Monday to prevent release of records.

The records, the bulk of which the public has not seen, come from an administrative investigation of the Brame scandal, which followed the April 26, 2003, homicide-suicide of Tacoma’s police chief and his wife.

The Washington State Patrol completed the investigation in 2004. Investigators examined allegations of misconduct against 33 city and police employees, including eight members of Local 26.

In August, after meeting with News Tribune editors, Tacoma city leaders announced plans to release all the records without redaction. The city’s two police unions intervened and sued the city in court to block disclosure. They argued that disclosure would violate the privacy rights of its members.

The News Tribune also intervened, arguing that the public already knew the names and actions of the employees involved, due to prior releases of records.

Local 6 – the second police union, which represents most police officers – no longer is fighting release of documents.

A city news release issued Friday stated that the records, contained on 33 compact disks, will be released to the public at 4:30 p.m. Monday, unless the appellate court intervenes.

Sean Robinson 597-8486