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Cop-Killer Released from Mental Institute Due to Budget Cuts

Cop-Killer Released from Mental Institute Due to Budget Cuts

Associated Press

April 15, 2011

SEATTLE — A man who was convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 1984 has been released from Western State Hospital.

KIRO-TV reports Michael Trott is one of 24 mentally ill offenders released after funding was cut for the Program for Adaptive Living Skills.

Trott was convicted of killing Officer Nick Davis with his own gun in a fight after Trott left a restaurant without paying. He was first sentenced to prison but diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic in 2003 and civilly committed to the hospital. He’s now living in a residential treatment facility in Spanaway.


Police Officer Nicholas Norman Davis

Western State CEO Jess Jamieson says the hospital followed all legal requirements and notifications.

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  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    If he is not in a mental hospital, he should be in a jail cell.

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    over 3 years ago


    this is NOT justice.. I can not believe this... Obamacare.. gotta love it..

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    over 3 years ago


    Death penalty for killing a LEO would solve it for suspects crazy or not. Whats crazy is releasing this guy out.

  • Derrick_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It's not the justice system that's a failure it's the judges who sets behind the desk and make decisions that not base on law sometimes. It's some of the people who runs the justice system, that's the problem, no commonsense using people making decisions.

  • Mike11_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Imagine that. The Killer was in a "Program For Adaptive LIVING Skills". The slain Officer didn't get that same benefit when he gave his life to protect his community. This needs to be investigated and someone held accountable for this failure of the justice system.

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    over 3 years ago


    Someone who murders once very well might murder again. They are asking for it and I pray it doesn't repeat.

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    over 3 years ago


    See I have been telling you that the Medical model for corrections doesn't work. Now their Moral Responsibility hinges on what they have to do leagally. I would drop all funding to Western State immediately and investigate their License. CEO Jamieson is mentally deficiant and he has through his actions possed a threat to the community. Would somebody please go and lock this guy up.

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    over 3 years ago

    This killer is a threat to society! He shouldn't have been released. I bet they kept people who didn't pay their taxes locked up instead of this guy who was convincted of a felony, murder! And not just murder, the murder of a police officer!

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    There appears to be a strong Anti-Leo sentiment in the Seattle area so this does not surprise me at all. Trott should be locked up and never be allowed to see the light of day again. A man like this will be back in the news in a very short time Hopefully his next victim will not be a fatality.

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    over 3 years ago


    Locked up, Locked up!!!! He should have been executed in 1984!!! Screw this insanity defense. The tax payers have suffered this burden for 30 years and now the POS is on his own. What will he do next, and who will be accountable???

  • Prince_hall_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That is a crying shame! He is released back into the streets only to do it again and again. It appears to me that the life of a law enforcement office means nothing to members of society. Society is outraged because an officer pepper sprays a child who broke a television assaulted a teacher had a weapon in his hand and threatened to kill another teacher. Where are all the activists protesting the open season on police officers? We have lost so many brothers and sisters and we aren’t even in June. Now let this same person get shot by the police and see what happens….”oh he was a good person the police didn’t have to shoot him or they could have shot the weapon out his hand” give me a break!

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This will be a trend in the future that no one is going to want to deal with. And when I say no one I mean the Politicans. Everyone wants the approiate treatment and facility for someone who NEEDS it not someone who wants to get out of doing time. The problem comes in no one is willing to make the cuts in budgets where they are TRULY needed I E Politicans Salaries. Lets start there and then move forward. Bottom line is if a Subject cannot be held in a PROPER facility then jail it is.

  • Me_2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump to Whalewatcher's comments. I think issues with EDP's will only increase as mental health budgets are cut. Heck, I think the ones being turned out in my neck of the woods are being given college applications with the amount of mentally challenged folks we deal with.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I hope this decision doesn't come back to haunt.......and bump Dave. Sheriff Joe for president.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    So begins the down fall...

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