Woman who turned in cop killer left homeless

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 20 at 7:54 PM

SEATTLE – Nearly two months ago Chrisceda Clemmons turned her nephew, cop killer Maurice Clemmons, in to police.

But now her house and the ground it sits on is still contaminated. Seattle Police fired an unprecedented 75 canisters of tear gas into the home. All the possessions are have been put in storage. The home is toxic, unlivable.

The City of Seattle is testing and dissecting every corner of the home. Preliminary tests show toxic chemicals from the tear gas remain.

"We literally walked away with what we were wearing and that was it," said Clemmons.

In November, Chrisceda Clemmons made a call to police that her nephew, suspected police killer Maurice Clemmons, was on his way to the house.

Maurice Clemmons got away that night, but Chrisceda Clemmons' life was shattered.

"We want to know that there is absolutely no tear gas there because it's too risky for the health of our children and ourselves even," she said.

So far, the city has spent $28,000 to relocate Chrisceda's family. the city wants to make them whole again.

"We need to put them back the way they were before this event occurred, but we also need to be judicious with tax payers dollars," said Bruce Hori, director of Seattle Risk Management.

Chrisceda and her husband are musicians with a steel drum band. They're joining other bands in a show that would have benefited the Clemmons family. Instead, Chrisceda has decided to donate all the proceeds to Haiti.

"The money that we are earning tonight, because their disaster is much greater than what we've had to experience here," she said.

It could be months before the Clemmons and the city come to an agreement on restoring or replacing the house.

And it could end up being one of the largest residential settlements the city has ever had to make.

Tonight's benefit show is at New Moes on Capitol Hill.
 

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