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On June 14, 2017, at 12:04AM, high school student Tommy Le, was fatally shot by King County sheriff’s deputy Cesar Molina. Tommy Le was unarmed. There has been significant local and national interest in this case. This page was created as a clearinghouse of sorts for legal documents, news links, photos, and other relevant information for those wishing to learn more about this case.

Please check back often to see the most current updates. Current news and information relative to this case will appear at the top, followed by older links.

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On September 7, 2017, a Tort Claim — also referred to as a Notice of Claim — was filed against then King County Sheriff Urquhart and the King County’s Department on behalf of the Le family, seeking justice for the wrongful death of their son, Tommy. Documents and press links regarding the announcement below.

Medical Examiner's Report

Autopsy: Deputies shot Tommy Le in the back –

Tommy Le was shot twice in back, Asian Pacific Directors Coalition meets with King County Sheriff 
– The International Examiner

Family of Tommy Le, shot in back by deputies, to sue County 
– NW Asian Weekly

Family of 20-year-old man shot by deputy plan to file civil-rights claim against King County – Seattle Times

Family of Tommy Le, 20-Year-Old Shot by King County Deputy, Plans to Sue County – The Stranger

Reclaiming the Narrative for Tommy Le – South Seattle Emerald

Mitzi Johanknecht, King County’s new sheriff, selects command staff, sets priorities for her new term - Seattle Times


On  October 12, 2017,  an inquest was requested
by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Why Modern Medical Examiners Don’t Hold Inquests

Seattle Weekly: Family of Tommy Le calls inquest process a whitewash

Le Family demands rights during Inquest Hearing

Le Family Request for Hearing

Campiche Arnold Declaration in Support of Le Family Request for Hearing

Open Letter to King County Executive, Dow Constantine

Ủy ban 6 người của Quận King giúp mang lại công lý cho gia đình Tommy Lê  
A Group of 6 Will Bring Justice to The Family of Tommy Lê 

Vietnamese Press covers, and supports, changes to the Inquest process

Monsignor Tuan Do and Father Trung (from Seattle University) express concern over a biased and unfair inquest in the Tommy Le shooting case
NW Vietnamese News

Le family attorney Jeffrey Campiche responds to Dow Constantine's halting of all inquests pending committee review