Washington State agrees to pay $3M to family of boy killed by convicted felon/gang member in 2010

Alajawan Brown

The killer had EIGHT prior felonies for assault and was walking free. Unbelievable.

From Seattle Times: The state Department of Corrections (DOC) has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 12-year-old Skyway boy shot in the back by a known gang member on community supervision.

Alajawan Brown stepped off a Metro bus on April 29, 2010, after buying a pair of football cleats with money he made doing lawn work for neighbors.

Curtis Walker — a longtime member of the Blood Pirus street gang who had been in a shootout with a group of Crips gang members at a nearby apartment complex minutes earlier — got out of his car, which was stopped at a red light, and fired twice at Alajawan, striking the boy once in the back.

Alajawan died in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at South 129th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, less than two miles from his home. Wearing a blue-and-black jacket, the colors worn by the Crips, his death was a case of mistaken identity.

After a three-week trial in early 2012, Walker, now 42, was found guilty of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Walker, who had eight prior convictions for felony assault, tried to pin Alajawan’s death on another man.

But it wasn’t until Walker’s sentencing hearing in March 2012 that Alajawan’s parents, Ayanna and Louis Brown, learned Walker was on DOC supervision for a drug crime and was barred from possessing firearms, said attorney Nate Roberts, who with co-counsel Evan Fuller represented the Browns in their wrongful-death suit, which was settled on Thursday.

DOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Alajawan’s death was a tragic loss, but he declined to comment on the specifics of Walker’s community supervision. The department was represented in the lawsuit by the state Attorney General’s Office.

“The department was able to achieve this week’s resolution as a result of the collaborative effort of the Attorney General’s Office and the attorneys representing the Brown family, and for that we are grateful,” Barclay said Friday.

In summer 2012, Ayanna and Louis Brown were profiled in The Seattle Times after they founded the Alajawan Brown Foundation, also known as Alajawan’s Hands. In memory of their son, the couple set up a scholarship fund, and offer tutoring services and hold annual drives to collect backpacks and school supplies, which are then given to low-income schoolchildren in the Renton School District.

The Browns filed their wrongful-death lawsuit against DOC in King County Superior Court in November 2014. DOC argued in court that the lawsuit was filed after the three-year statute of limitations had run out, and a judge agreed, dismissing the suit. The Browns then appealed to the state Court of Appeals.

In December, a panel of appellate judges unanimously sided with the Browns, holding that the clock didn’t start ticking on the statute of limitations until Walker was found guilty of Alajawan’s murder. “The identity of the killer was in question until the verdict was reached,” Roberts said.

After the Browns hired Roberts and Fuller, the attorneys filed a public-disclosure request with DOC and learned Walker “had a lot of law-enforcement contact while on supervision,” Roberts said. They also received an entry from the DOC’s computer system that showed a concerned citizen had phoned Walker’s community-corrections officer eight days before Alajawan was killed and reported that Walker had assaulted his girlfriend, threatened her with a gun and was believed to be selling marijuana out of his apartment, Roberts said. But nothing was done, he said.

Walker routinely refused to answer the door when his community-corrections officer attempted to make home visits — also a flagrant violation of his supervision, according to Roberts.

“They let him have way too long of a leash. He’s a known gang member, and he’s doing the two things he’s absolutely not allowed to be doing — selling drugs and possessing firearms — and they let him get away with it,” Roberts said. “It’s maddening to see that.”

For the Browns, the lawsuit was a way to hold DOC accountable for its deficient supervision of Walker.

“It’s bittersweet,” Roberts said of the settlement. “They’re happy this chapter in the book is closed, but it also brings back this crippling grief. They would give everything in the world to have another day with their boy,” he said.

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5 responses to “Washington State agrees to pay $3M to family of boy killed by convicted felon/gang member in 2010

  1. I feel for this child and his family. The thug killed their child not the DOC. I don’t understand why the parents think that the State should pay because this piece of crap did not follow the rules. The DOC can’t follow every criminal around 24/7 to make sure they follow the rules. I, for one, think the thug should have gotten the DEATH Penalty instead of 50 years. The only other way to keep the DOC from having to pay ever time a parolee commits another crime is to get rid of probation and parole for EVERYBODY!

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    • I concur that the DOC is not responsible for killing Alajawan. My beef is that the killer had so many prior felonies, was a known gang member, and LE had a tip the perp was up to no good before the crime.

      So many warning signs yet libtards scream “justice reform” instead of facing the harsh facts of the actions of repeat offenders.

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  2. First off, the ghastly, incredible mindless stupidity of this creep, who shoots to kill w/o waiting to ID his target, demonstrates that his stupidity is all-powerful, all-seeing and is all-dumbshit for brains.

    Secondly, this moron doesn’t even deserve the chance he last got, which should have truly been his Last Chance, because if he were guilty of another major felony the State should have terminated him on the spot. I’m sure in Renton, the first town my father & I lived in on our arrival in WA state, 1958, there’s at least one police officer able to fulfill the sentence. I would, and sleep better, knowing I’d removed one more Public Menace.

    I’m not much of a Christian these days, as I remarked some weeks or month ago here: I’m out of patience with Darwinian Terminal Stupids who in the Creation would have met their end long ago, but for the milk of human kindness in keeping them alive. To what end completely escapes me.

    I met blacks in prison –muscled warriors who inspire instant fear– whom I told if they needed work on release I’d hire them. If they’d encountered this genuine PoS they’d terminate him on the spot, as he was, in the words of one black I met, “one bad nigger.” Those were his words, not mine; the sentiment contra evil is universal. Those of you who are a better person than I, are free to tell me what a creep I’m becoming. So be it.

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    • Joseph . . . You are being unnecessarily hard on yourself. As I see it, we “put down” rabid dogs don’t we? Obviously, this particular individual needs to be send to the next world ASAP so that Our God can pass a Final Judgement on him. I find your attitude to be one that is completely in step with what I perceive to be correct action regarding one who has “shed innocent blood.” Of all the crimes we could commit, taking the life of someone who is innocent of wrongdoing puts “restitution for that crime” smack dab on the head of the perpetrator. It is true that Christ paid the price for the majority of sins we might commit, but we were warned that shedding innocent blood was one act that was beyond grievous . . . thus making it a sin that the active participant in this sin needs to be their own restitution to whatever degree it is possible for them to make restitution. I personally do not feel that Our God intended that we keep murders alive, housing them year after year. In this man’s case, he had chances, but due to the evil nature of his soul . . . he just could not seem to “fly right.” I am saddened to think that you would even have the perception that we might “think you are a creep.” You have shown all of us over a long period of time that you have a divine light that emanates from your writings, and your beliefs. You are of great value to all of the FOTM family. God Bless you!

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      • Thank you, Auntie Lulu, for the grace of your kindness. My patience is worn out w/these terminal creeps who’d be best off in a lunar prison colony. They could be left to fend for themselves and create whatever Hell of a ‘society’ they feel they can live in, to spare the rest of us.

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