An Inside Look At The Lakewood Police Officer Shootings

Seattle Times Reporters and Pulitzer Prize Winners Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin discuss their book, The Other Side of Mercy, a behind the scenes look at the 2009 killings
2011-01-18
By Laura Paskin
Lakewood
Photo Credit: Freedom Foundation

The 2009 shootings of four Lakewood police officers devastated a community and swept up everyone from Tacoma judges and Arkansas prison officials to United States presidential candidates. The story of that morning's violence spans decades and ripples across state lines. It is a story of our nation's racial divide and the political risks of mercy; of southern prison farms and an act of grace; of festering hate and missed opportunities to stop a man going mad.  

For its coverage of the shootings and the manhunt that followed, the Seattle Times won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Now the newspaper's staff goes deeper, telling the story of a charismatic felon, a minister with his eyes on the White House, and what can lie on the other side of mercy.  

Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin from the Seattle Times will be on campus tomorrow, to discuss their book, The Other Side of Mercy.  Martin and Armstrong covered the story of how the officers’ were murdered that morning as they sat in a Tacoma coffee shop.   

When: Wed. January 19, 2011 
           6 p.m.  

Where: LeRoux Room, Student Center   

The free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice Department which offers a master’s degree and undergraduate majors and minors in criminology, forsenic psychology, administration of justice, forensic science and a crime analysis certification.