Posted on March 31, 2013 at 6:16 AM
Sunday, Mar 31 at 6:16 AM
TACOMA, Wash -- The father of Camille and Joshua Love is suing Washington’s Department of Corrections for failing to adequately supervise the men convicted in their 2010 shooting, all of whom were under community supervision at the time.
Camille Love, 20, died in the February 7th shooting. Her brother Joshua was struck twice but survived.
“I can’t understand why we allow guys to violate their conditions and we do nothing about it,” commented the victim’s father William.
“What about the supervision part,” Love continued, “What about the failing to report? What are you doing about that? If you’re taking care of that part, they wouldn't’t be committing crimes.”
Seven men were implicated in the crime. Five were tried and convicted of mistaking the Love’s for rival gang members and shooting them. Two men, Richard Sanchez and Santiago Mederos are still wanted.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Chad Lewis declined to speak specifically on the lawsuit or its claims, but said that broadly, “The (corrections) officers make a difference, but ultimately, the offenders are responsible for their actions.”
Still, an Incident Review Report from the Department of Corrections on two of the men involved, Eduardo Sandoval and Dean Salavea, confirms lapses by personnel.
In the case of Sandoval, who was under DoC supervision since 2009, the review found “contact standards were not consistently met during the supervision term of this case,” adding, “verification of Sandoval’s activities…was sporadic.” Sandoval missed a scheduled meeting with his corrections officer just five days before the shooting, according to the report.
Salavea’s file dates to 2005. The report found contact standards were generally made, but verification was again “sporadic”. It states, “Salavea had a curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., yet nothing is documented that DoC ever took any action to monitor this condition.”
The report goes on to cite things that “worked well”. Community Corrections Officers handling Sandoval’s case “exceeded expectations” regarding in-office contact and the rapport between the CCO’s and the offender “facilitated an easy apprehension of the offender” after the murder.
Love hopes his lawsuit leads to increased accountability for offenders released back into the public.
“My tax dollars are being wasted and innocent people are getting hurt because (Department of Corrections) doesn't’t feel they have to freaking enforce what they have to enforce,” he said.