Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Washington state family sues police for the murder of their informant son

From the Washington State Daily News: Family of murdered informant files claim.
The parents of a slain Longview drug informant have filed claims against Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, saying narcotics detectives coerced 26-year-old Jeremy McLean into their service, then failed to protect him from a drug dealer he'd helped police snare. 
McLean, who was murdered by William Vance Reagan Jr. in late 2008, was arrested on drug-related charges and "was forced to sign a plea agreement ... in order to avoid incarceration," according to documents filed late last month. The terms of the plea agreement required McLean to become an informant for the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, according to the claim... 
Reagan, who was sentenced to life in prison, confessed to the killing, saying he was trying to keep McLean from testifying against him.