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A friend of the man who was killed by cops after throwing explosive devices at an immigration jail in Tacoma, Washington, says she thinks he wanted to provoke a fatal conflict.
Deb Bartley, a friend of Willem Van Spronsen's for about 20 years, told a local newspaper he was an anarchist and anti-fascist, and believes his attack on the detention center was intended to provoke a fatal conflict.
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'He was ready to end it,' Bartley told the Seattle Times. 'I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs. I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.'
She says that she and other friends of Van Spronsen, 69, got letters in the mail 'just saying goodbye.' He also wrote what she referred to as a manifesto, which she declined to discuss in detail, the Times reports.
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Van Spronsen was accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest outside the detention center in 2018.
The newspaper also reports that court documents say he lunged at the officer and wrapped his arms around the officer's neck and shoulders, as the officer was trying to detain a 17-year-old protester on June 26, 2018.
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According to court documents, police handcuffed Van Spronsen and found that he had a collapsible baton and a folding knife in his pocket.
Van Spronsen pleaded guilty to the charge of obstructing police, and was given a deferred sentence in October.
Tacoma - Police - Department - Saturday - Officers
According to the Tacoma Police Department, on Saturday officers responded at around 4pm to a call about the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security detention facility that holds migrants pending deportation proceedings.
The detention center also holds immigration-seeking parents separated from their children under President Donald Trump's 'zero tolerance'...
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