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Three US officers charged with killing of Black man in custody

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Two officers in the US state of Washington were charged with the murder of a Black man who died in police custody as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe, and a third was charged with manslaughter, prosecutors said Thursday. Manuel Ellis died in Tacoma in March 2020, in a case that became a touchstone for protests in the Pacific Northwest, and which bears similarities to the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police that sparked nationwide outrage two months later. Ellis died after “felonious assault and/or unlawful imprisonment” by two of the officers, while a third “cont…

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