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Monday, July 16, 2007

Stung

posted by on July 16 at 16:40 PM

In February, OPA investigators interviewed SPD officer Michael Tietjen in reference to George Patterson’s complaint that Tietjen and Officer Gregory Neubert had roughed him up and planted drugs on him during a January arrest.

Throughout the OPA investigation óand subsequent OPARB investigation and OPA do-overó the police department has repeatedly attacked Patterson’s credibility, labeling him as a hard core drug dealer.

It looks like SPD might’ve been trying to damage Patterson’s rep even further, when they conducted an undercover buy-bust operation, a month after he filed a complaint with the OPA.

During an interview with OPA Sergeant Woolery, Tietjen dropped this previously unreported gem:

Woolery: Have you contacted Mr. Patterson since the [January 2nd] incident?

Tietjen: Yes I have. A couple of nights ago, I was working undercover trying to buy narcotics and I approached Mr. Patterson and asked him if he would sell me narcotics.

Woolery: Did he?

Tietjen: He didnít.

Woolery: Was he engaged in any activity that would cause his arrest?

Tietjen: That night?

Woolery: That night.

Tietjen: Well…

Woolery: Did you arrest him that night?

Tietjen: No.

One more thing: Tietjen was also one of the officers involved in the controversial Tasering and arrest of DV-One.

Man, I’d love to have that kind of job security.

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1

Buy-bust operations and obstruction statutes are an SPD thug's best friends.

Posted by DOUG. | July 16, 2007 5:00 PM
2

His partner, Officer Gregory Neubert, shot and killed Aaron Roberts, too. Of course, Roberts apparently dragged him 150 feet with his car, but still.

http://www.seattleweekly.com/2004-12-15/news/hate-crime-allegation.php

Posted by And | July 16, 2007 8:14 PM
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Actually, it was Neubert's partner, Craig Price, who shot and killed Roberts.

Posted by Jonah S | July 16, 2007 8:19 PM

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