An individual’s race or ethnicity must be considered within the “totality of circumstances” when determining whether an individual was under seizure by law enforcement, the Washington State Supreme Court held June 9.

The justices unanimously reversed a state Court of Appeals decision upholding a Pierce County man’s conviction for making a false or misleading statement to a public servant. His other convictions, unlawfully possessing a firearm in the first degree and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, still stand, according to his attorney.

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