Law Firm Client Obtains $150,000 Damages Award for Police Negligence

Client Victoria Walker was held against her will and assaulted by a friend at his parent’s cabin. She called 911 from the cabin two times. The sheriff deputy dispatched to the 911 call failed to adequately respond. Ms. Walker eventually escaped from the cabin and contacted authorities. The deputy was terminated from employment.

Attorney Alexander Ransom filed a public disclosure request seeking all information regarding the case. He obtained police reports, internal investigation reports, an arbitration decision, and a past disciplinary notice given to the deputy for similar failures to respond. Mr. Ransom also filed a Notice of Claim against Island County claiming police negligence.

The case was resolved through out-of-court negotiations with the Washington Counties Risk Pool.

Ms. Walker reports she is “extremely happy with the outcome,” and “hope(s) these circumstances never happen again for anyone else.”