Officers’ names, videos and other information have been released.
Last week, Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas met with the family and other representatives of Giovonn McDade. During that meeting, the family and representatives made a request for the release of information relating to the incident that led to Mr. McDade’s death.
Chief Thomas agrees that transparency regarding these types of incidents is critical in maintaining public trust, and it is important that the facts are known. To further this effort, this case was assigned to the Valley Investigation Team, which is an organization of outside (non-Kent) agencies tasked with investigating these events. The Valley Investigation Team was on the scene shortly after the incident occurred and has been conducting the investigation into this matter since its occurrence.
The Valley Investigation Team has informed the Police Chief that the investigation is substantially complete, and that the investigation will be forwarded to the King County Prosecutor for review shortly. As a result, and after conferring with the King County Prosecutor’s office, Chief Thomas has determined that, in accordance with the request noted above, the following information is being made available to the family’s representatives and the public:
- Video from the Arco gas station located at 10402 SE 256th St, Kent (AM/PM)
- Video from the Applebee’s restaurant located at 25442 104th Ave SE, Kent (Applebees video)
- Video from a neighborhood camera previously released by Des Moines PD (Pham video from house.mp4)
- Additional videos from neighborhood cameras (S 244th & 99th.avi, Nguyen videos, Worley video, Advice Associate enhancement)
- Audio recordings of Radio Traffic regarding the incident (Kent OIS full radio.wav & KP170044525 RADIO.wav)
- Video Interview of passenger who was riding in Giovonn McDade’s vehicle at the time of the incident (Interview Room_20170624-0313_01d2ec97d…)
- Video reenactment interview of passenger who was riding in Giovonn McDade’s vehicle at the time of the incident (Cheeks reenactment.MP4)
- Video reenactment interview of recruit officer who was a passenger in Officer Davis’ car at the time of the incident (Decker pursuit reenactment.MP4 & Decker scene reenactment.MP4)
- Taped interview of recruit officer who was a passenger in Officer Davis’ car at the time of the incident (17-1559 Decker.MP3)
- Taped statement of resident witness (Pham Statement.WMA)
- Statement of the officers involved and present at the time of the shooting (Officer Davis Statement.pdf & Officer Rausch Statement.pdf)
- Kent Police Policies regarding pursuits and forcible stopping (Pursuit Policy.pdf & Forcible Stopping Policy.pdf)
- PIT Lesson Plan (PIT Lesson Plan.doc)
- List of selected Kent Police Department Trainings (Crisis Bias Training.docx)
(Note: Due to the size and number of files, media can pick up a copy of the above files on disc from the Kent Police Station).
The two officers involved in the incident were Officer William Davis who has been with the Kent Police Department for over five years and Officer Matthew Rausch who has been with the Kent Police Department for over two years.
Chief Thomas stated, “After reviewing the information available, it appears the response of Officers Davis and Rausch were appropriate in light of this quickly evolving and dangerous situation, and I fully support their actions.” It is anticipated that an inquest will be ordered as is standard practice and in accordance with King County Charter Section 895 and King County Executive Order PHL 7-1-1.
[Source: Kent Police Dept.]