Murray's son, Ethan, was shot and killed by a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy in early May near a homeless encampment in Spokane Valley after a 911 caller reported a disorderly male near playing children. He suffered from schizophrenia and meth addiction and had spent years in and out of hospitals, jail cells and homelessness before he died. A few months earlier, in January, a Spokane Police officer shot Novak's son, David, outside of his house after police received reports that he was shooting at a neighbor's home.
Haskell's ruling on the Novak shooting was issued in late August, while he weighed in on the Murray case in late October.
"I'm standing here, in front of this building, hoping that somewhere out there someone will realize that we need to hold our officers accountable when people are shot with no weapons," Murray says. "When will we stop shooting people that do not have weapons and need medical attention or need help? My son needed to be in the hospital."
"In each case, no matter how many times they were shot, [even] if they had mental illness, it didn't matter. If an officer was scared he was allowed to shoot and that's the bottom line. And it's not fair," she adds. "There is no accountability."
Novak and an attorney, Rondi Thorp, filed a claim for damages with the city of Spokane over David's death in late August. They also submitted a claim with Spokane County on Nov. 1, claiming that county 911 dispatchers "negligently processed and delivered information to SPD, resulting in David Novak's death."
The Novak family has been picketing the courthouse for months since David was shot.
"We come the seventh of every month because David was murdered on Jan. 7 by the Spokane Police Department," Novak says.