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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Letter of the Day

posted by on December 13 at 17:30 PM

90% of the letters we get in the news department are from angry people, telling us what assholes we are for whatever.

But, every once in a while, we’ll get a coherent, friendly letter, which reminds us that not everyone is as hateful as the commentors on Slog. (personal to Sloggers: see you guys in about 15)

Dear Stranger Staff:

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude for your fearless (and completely accurate) expose of my brutal arrest on 11/27. Jonah Spangenthal-Lee deserves a lot of respect for daring to bring this injustice to the public’s attention. My most heartfelt thanks go to all the passers-by who offered their testimonials, as well.
I have been unable to raise the $10,000 bail and feeling really lousy in here. The envelope with the article arrived yesterday and has renewed my spirit and restored my faith in humanity.
Thank you for caring Seattle! How marvelous to live in a city where all don’t turn a blind eye to injustices they see.
I am determined to pursue justice in this case and am humbly in your debt for the city’s unified act of conscience. Hopefully we partially reduce the threat of police brutality by removing these psychopathic officers from duty for a while.

Very Gratefully Yours,

Mark Hays,
Currently at King Co. Jail
500 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

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First comment from the slog party?

Posted by wisepunk | December 13, 2007 6:06 PM

Damn, I know exactly how he feels.

When I was approached about the article they decided to do about me when I was in jail I held my breath for weeks because I thought it was going to villify me, but they did a really balanced piece and I was, and am, eternally greatful for it.

I said it before, and I mean it, I owe my life and my freedom to The Stranger.

I wish Mark all the best.

Posted by Packratt | December 13, 2007 6:34 PM

It's true, though. You guys ARE assholes for whatever.

Posted by Fnarf | December 13, 2007 9:39 PM

Look, you obviously *want* to get hate mail because you publish outrageous and, quite often, mean and cruel comments yourselves, both in the print version and online (and especially on Slog). You intend to provoke people to think or act, and that's why The Stranger is partisan, opinionated, and a good read--quite different from the other insipid crap out there. Anyway, don't start complaining about the hate mail because the minute you start caring about that, that's when The Stranger will have died.

Posted by Slogur | December 13, 2007 10:12 PM

Jaywalking in Seattle and Lipping off to a cop and running away is actually pretty funny. Next time hang out with people that run faster. When a Seattle cop can chase down anyone either he needs to walk on as a Husky DB or your friend needs to eat less.

Tackling the cop that is subdueing your friend, although honorable among drunks is pretty stupid, but also funny.

Getting your head bashed into the pavement and get tossed in the slammer pretty much sucks, but to a degree was probably deserved.

I hope you get out soon to resume urinating in public, unlawful bus conduct, theft, trespassing, harassment, and assaulting cops, we miss you in the U district.

Posted by Marmstro | December 13, 2007 11:37 PM

"Moments later, the officer was tackled by Hays and all three men tumbled to the ground. "

What did he think would happen when he tackled (AKA assaulted) an obviously overzealous cop? Did he expect the cop to say "Damn, you got me, good one. Go on your merry way."

Posted by no sympathy | December 14, 2007 9:12 AM

It's funny how the cops claim the victim had tackled them...

when none of the witnesses mention the victim tackling anyone.In fact witnesses state that the police chased and tackled both men and never announced themselves, according to the article.

Indeed, very funny that the the SEVERAL witnesses accounts ONLY mention the police tackling and bashing the victims head into the pavement repeatedly after he had been restrained.

...all this over a jaywalking citation?

You have to love it when Seattle police officers come in here and try to defend their misconduct.

Posted by Packratt | December 14, 2007 10:07 AM

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