News Gil’s Boys. A Follow-Up Report
posted by July 9 at 15:05 PMon
In last week’s Stranger, Jonah reported on on a complaint against SPD officers who had forcefully arrested (and tasered) two black men for suspicion of being in a gang and for resisting arrest.
When one of the suspect’s cases went to court—the one accused of resisting arrest and obstruction—the charges were dismissed, one with prejudice. Meanwhile, the man suspected of being in a gang—he had a “gang” bandanna in his back pocket—was never charged.
A follow-up investigation by the Office of Professional Accountability (the OPA, which investigates citizen complaints of misconduct) determined that the officers had used “unnecessary force.” The limp punishment, however, was “supervisory intervention.”
Jonah asked OPA director Kathryn Olson what “supervisory intervention” meant and she explained that “Supervisory Intervention” means “underlying misconduct occurred, but training is more appropriate than discipline.”
That’s insteresting. Listen to how Olson defines “Supervisory Intervention” in her big report to Mayor Nickels today: “There may have been a violation of policy, but it was not a willful violation, and/or the violation did not amount to misconduct.”
Did not amount to misconduct?
I’m glad we cut Olson’s vague/weird/misleading (lying?) quote from our story last week and just went with this:
Although Sandidge never filed a complaint with the city, a young woman who witnessed the arrest did. OPA found that officers had used unnecessary force in the arrest. The fall out? “Supervisory intervention.” The Stranger could not confirm the specifics of the intervention, but we did confirm that all three officers are still assigned to the West Precinct. Blackmer and Harris continue to work on the elite Anti-Crime Team that made the initial arrest, and Ortiz works in narcotics. SPD would not comment on the case or why the officers remain on the Anti-Crime Team.
Anyway, Olson’s revised definition, as she explained it to the mayor rather than to a reporter, makes Jonah’s story even more damning. Indeed, re-read Jonah’s story and you tell me if the officers’ actions did not amount to misconduct.
What is going on around here?