News City Attorney Declines to Prosecute in Sandidge Case
posted by August 10 at 16:55 PMon
City Attorney Tom Carr has rebuffed a request,
from the NAACP and attorney Chris Carney, to prosecute Seattle Police Officers Marcos Ortiz and David Blackmer for their involvement in Carl Sandidge’s Tasering and arrest in 2005.
Carr’s office believes the case wouldn’t be prosecutable because officers are entitled to use force.
After an investigation into Sandidge’s case, the Office of Professional Accountability recommended the officers receive “supervisory intervention” for their actions.
UPDATE: Sandidge’s attorney, Chris Carney says he’s “disappointed, but certainly not surprised, that the city attorney has declined to file charges in the matter. This illustrates oversight of the police by an agency that is to intertwined with the police is not effective. We’re going to file charges ourselves.”
Carney says he’ll file a complaint next week.