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Friday, August 3, 2007

Suing the City Over Police Brutality

posted by on August 3 at 15:35 PM

This afternoon, the NAACP held a press conference to announce a tactical shift in dealing with police misconduct. On July 31st, NAACP president James Bible and the Law Office of Christopher Carney sent a letter to Seattle city attorney Tom Carr’s office, requesting assault charges be filed against officers David Blackmer and Marcos Ortiz.

As The Stranger reported in July, Blackmer and Ortiz were involved in the arrest of Carl Sandidge. In August, 2005 Sandidge, and his friend Derek Frazier, were headed to a bus stop downtown when they were stopped by several officers, who claimed Frazier was carrying a “gang flag.” Officer Blackmer Tasered Sandidge several times and, while Sandidge was handcuffed and being dragged to a police transport van, Ortiz struck him in the stomach. Sandidge, who had no criminal history, was charged with obstruction, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. All of the charges against Sandidge were dismissed after officers gave conflicting testimony during trial.

At today’s press conference, James Bible —who was one of Sandidge’s trial attorneys-
stated that “this was not simply misconduct, this was assault. If the city fails to prosecute [the officers], the NACCP and the Law Office of Christopher Carney will file [assault charges].”

Bible has asked the city attorney’s office to respond by August 8th.

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I suspect the paraphrase in your final quote is incorrect. The NAACP and the Law Office of Christoper Carney can certainly try their hand at a civil suit, but they cannot file criminal assault charges. Only the city/state can do that.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | August 3, 2007 4:16 PM

According to Bible, they can file charges under CrRLJ 2.1c (pronounced Krill, or at least that's how they were saying it.) According to another case I found:

"CrRLJ 2.1(c) does not require the Citizen Complaint be prosecuted by
the elected prosecutor and where, as here, the prosecutor has an obvious
and inherent conflict the court should appoint a special prosecutor, under its
equitable powers."

I guess we'll see what happens next Friday.

Posted by Jonah S | August 3, 2007 4:51 PM


It's about time the local NAACP in league with innocent black citizens assaulted by the cops start taking serious legal action against them.

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