One day after the Seattle Times reported that a preliminary SPD review found the shooting of John T Williams was not justified, Officer Ian Birk’s lawyer has, naturally, come out in defense of his client.
In a written statement, Ted Buck, of the Seattle law firm Stafford Frey Cooper, said he didn’t know of the preliminary finding by Seattle Police John Diaz and the department’s Firearms Review Board that shooting was unjustified.
Even if that decision has been reached, Buck said, ” ‘preliminary’ means nothing’ ” and the finding will not be final until after a court inquest is held.
Buck said the review board “looks at the officer’s action from stem to stern — radio contact, approaching the suspect, verbal contact, etc. The goal is to assess the officer’s work from a training and policy compliance perspective.