Thursday, January 29, 2015
Seattle Police Still Going Nuts
This week Seattle Police also faced criticism over newly released video of an incident this summer in which another white, female Seattle cop accosted and arrested a 79-year-old black man using a golf club for a cane, charging he swung it at her as a weapon. Except, actually, he didn't. After the police officer posted racist comments on Facebook and the video surfaced, police removed the officer, apologized to the man, returned his golf club to him and admitted there had been "lapses in our protocols," one way of acknowledging the department is under federal orders to improve training, supervision, and accountability after years of abuses came to light. Activists have also charged police with using excessive force at recent protests, including at the Martin Luther King event. In response, Mayor Ed Murray claims the city is working "to create and implement a comprehensive and transparent police accountability system that will be the most robust in the nation." To expedite those changes, Jesse Hagopian is suing the city and the police department.