Tacoma PD chief reprimanded in Zina Linnik case

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM

TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma's police chief has been reprimanded for not telling the city manager that the department's spokesman was officially on-call and being paid, but fell back to sleep instead of issuing an Amber Alert for Zina Linnik.

A letter will be placed in Ramsdell's personnel file, according to Tacoma city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff.

Linnik was abducted on July 4, 2007. Her body was found three days later. Her confessed killer, Terapon Adhahn, is now in prison.

Sergeant Mark Fulghum was reportedly earning extra pay the morning after the abduction when he fell asleep instead of issuing the alert for the 12-year-old.

Linnik's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

City Manager Eric Anderson has also ordered Ramsdell to begin an Internal Affairs investigation into whether Fulghum violated department policy by taking something to help him sleep. Fulghum allegedly said in a deposition that he took an Advil PM before going to bed.

Because Fulghum is a member of the police union, the city is required to go through a specific process in any possible action against Fulghum. Any reprimand for Fulghum would have to come after the investigation.

Anderson will also seek a third party to conduct an outside review of the department's entire handling of the Linnik case, from the 911 call to Adhahn's sentencing.

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