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King Co. fined $300K for withholding information

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SEATTLE -- A judge has ordered King County to pay an additional $300,000 to the family of a man paralyzed by a sheriff’s deputy because the sheriff’s office failed to turn over information in the case.
The county already paid $10 million to the family of Christopher Harris, injured when Deputy Matthew Paul mistook him for a suspect and slammed him into a concrete wall in 2009. Harris can’t talk or feed himself and will require round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend ruled Friday that the county acted in bad faith when it failed to turn over to Harris’ family information about two other incidents in which Paul reportedly used excessive force.
She ordered the county to pay $300,000 to the family, and said a future hearing will be held to determine if even more damages should be awarded.
King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said he doesn’t believe his office intentionally withheld the documents.
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