After fighting an uphill battle, finally shedding some light on their son's case and exposing the corruption within the sheriff's department over how they justified his murder for holding a pen.
In June of 2017, Le was experiencing a crisis.
Neighbors called police to report his behavior and moments after cops showed up, Le would have two bullet holes in his back and one in his hand, lying dead on .
An independent report commissioned by the Office of Oversight found a slew of flaws way the King County Sheriff's department "Investigated" themselves.
For starters, the report mention that Le was "Likely from the deputy at the time the bullets struck him" and posed zero threat to anyone.
"Most significantly, the Review Board presented with picture of what Le was doing and where he was the on-scene deputies and civilians when the shooting occurred," the report said, suggesting "That the threat level to the shooter deputy was diminishing at the time he fired - the deputy believed Le possessed a knife."
After the officer killed Le, investigating the officer for the shooting, they allowed the deputy submit a report.
This fact got of the oversight board who was commissioned to conduct the systemic review into the KCSO's alleged investigation.
"The typical process officer is interviewed," Mike Gennaco, a principal with OIR group who the review, said.
"The whole idea a report suffice for statement from an involved deputy in officer-involved shooting: that's unique to us. seen it before," he said.
"When you're writing a report, you get what you write, ability to ask follow-up questions."
His review said once the deputy was interviewed, investigators asked no follow-up questions and provide a summary or transcript of the interview, which contained details that were at odds with the officer's initial report.
More generally, the review said KCSO continues to abide by a "Debunked" notion that memory can improve after officers get some sleep.
The policy applied to officers wake of a deadly force incident, other witnesses or situations.
The report states, "Special rules these only serve skepticism about the rigor and objectivity of such investigations."
Gennaco says "There's really no good science to suggest that memory improves after 48 hours memory doesn't improve after five weeks." Nevertheless, what happened case of Tommy Le's killing.
Instead of asking the cop why he shot Le back as he ran away, cops chose to focus their efforts on finding a non-existent knife because killing someone holding a pen to justify.
"The lengths to which KCSO detectives sought whether Le actually possessed a knife during his encounter with the civilians stand in sharp contrast to the short-shrift and more critical aspects of the encounter, namely the on-scene deputies' actions, and decision-making," the report states, adding, "This obsession with whether Le had a knife when he aggressed the civilians extended to KCSO's public statements about the incident."
Deputies even Le's home and grabbed knives from his kitchen and showed them to witnesses attempting one Le was armed.
They tremendous extent to suggest or prove that Tommy did have a knife, there was no evidence that he had taken a knife from his home. They his home, they collected knives, they showed them to witnesses, they tried an identification. So this was working overtime the story go the way put it out initially, of the matter," said Deborah Jacobs, the director of King County's Office of Oversight.
After being unable a knife fabricate a witness statement, the department made the ridiculous claim that the pen Le was holding could have killed the three officers who had him surrounded that night.
"Although deputies and witnesses were convinced Le had a knife, not clear that events would have evolved differently if deputies realized that Le held a pen. A pen used as an improvised weapon. vulnerable parts of the body, face or throat, it can cause serious bodily injury if stab someone," from the KCSO said.
Le weighed 140 pounds and was surrounded by cops in , holding only a pen and police claimed that this small man could've somehow used this pen to kill all three cops.
This statement is an insult to any rational person OLEO report agrees.
The new report says this signal that deputies could again use deadly force against someone "Armed only with a pen remarkable statement."
That statement "Floored me, quite frankly," Gennaco said.
"I think that three deputies on the scene with who has only got a pen should be neutralize that threat without having to resort to deadly force under any circumstances."
Gennaco went on that the KCSO should retract the statement that the pen is deadly.
They have not retracted it and instead circled the wagons to defend the killer cop.
In the land of the free, police can with murdering people and justify it by claiming a pen deadly weapon.