By Mary Murphy
Washington State Journal 

Hogtying ban unanimously passes Senate 

Washington State could become the first state to ban this arrest tactic


Last updated 2/8/2024 at 8:58am

Senate Democrats

Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, D-Tacoma, prime sponsor of SB 6009, addresses the Senate. A bill banning the use of hogtying by the police was approved by the Senate.

Nearly four years after Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old Black man from Tacoma, died during arrest while being hogtied, the practice that killed him is one step closer to being illegal in Washington. 

Hogtying refers to the tactic where handcuffed wrists are tied to a suspect's ankles. This practice can contort bodies into a position where they are at risk for suffocation.

A medical examiner on Ellis' case ruled his cause of death as lack of oxygen. In 2021, defense attorneys argued his cause of death was more likely methamphetamine and heart conditions, but prosecutors called the claim unsubst...

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