News OPA’s Track Record
posted by June 23 at 0:42 AMon
The Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) has been under attack for turning a blind eye to officer misconduct. Back in 2005, we wrote about Maikoyo Alley-Barnes’ brutal beating at the hands of Seattle Police Officers. OPA investigated the case, and it turns out that they actually sustained several excessive force charges.
Because the officers were not disciplined within a 180 days of the investigation, a clause in the police guild’s contract, the worst they got was a strongly worded letter from the assistant police chief.
The officers clearly escalated a minor incident. What started as an encounter between and officer and Barnes, who had littered on the street, quickly devolved into violence.
Officer Hunt tried to lead [Barnes] to his patrol car to handcuff him, but the subject pulled away. Hunt, who says he has had eight years of wrestling experience, decided he would put his arm under [Barnes], lifting him up. The he would take him to the ground for the purposes of handcuffing. Although Hunt had success with this technique in wrestling, it didn’t work on [Barnes]. The subject turned and faced Hunt, flailing his arms. Hunt grabbed the subject by his pants, and believes he may have also grabbed onto the head of [Barnes] penis, but this was not his intent.
The incident was captured on video, but according to the report it “shows little information.”
This time, it seems like OPA got things right and flagged the officers for their misconduct.
It just turned out to be an empty gesture.