Matthew Collins

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Service Record

Tacoma Washington Police Department

Last Known Status||Resigned[2]
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Approximately 2015.[1] - January 16, 2024[2]
Salary $128,856 (2022)[3]

Incident Reports

2020 Death of Manuel Ellis

Matthew Collins arraignment photo
Matthew Collins

Response Timeline

The officers were placed on administrative leave.

In March 2020, the officers were returned to duty.[4]

On June 3, 2020, the officers were returned to administrative leave.[5][6]

On May 27, 2021, the state Attorney General charged Collins with second-degree murder, which typically carries a sentence of 10 to 18 years in prison. The maximum sentence is life in prison.[7]

On May 28, 2021, the officers pleaded not guilty.[8]

On December 21, 2023, a jury found the officers not guilty.[9] After the verdict, the city resumed its internal investigation.[2]

On January 12, 2024, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington announced that they were reviewing the incident for possible "violations of federal criminal statutes".[10]

On January 15, 2024, an internal investigation cleared the officers of any major policy violations. Collins received a written reprimand for failing to be courteous to the public.[2]

On January 16, 2024, the officers each accepted $500,000 from the city to resign. The officers may receive other funds due to labor agreements with the city and the union.[2]

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