City Of Tukwila, Former Officer Took Measures To Cover Up Firing

A former Tukwila police officer – once fired from the job for repeated use of excessive force – recently got a second chance to work as a cop in the small Thurston County city of Tenino. 

Officer Christopher Backus passed a background check before Tenino hired him last summer. But it’s unlikely city leaders found any record of his troubled past because he and his former employer made a deal to keep it a secret, a KING 5 investigation found. 

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