News SPD Settles Another Brutality Case
posted by February 13 at 16:33 PMon
The Seattle Police Department has settled another police brutality case out of court.
SPD will pay Aaron Claxton $20,000 for an incident in August 2006, where Claxton was repeatedly tasered by plainclothes officers—from one of SPD’s elite anti-crime teams—inside his home. Officers claimed Claxton—a 22-year-old Boys and Girls Club counselor—had been speeding, and failed to stop at a stop sign near his home in North Seattle. Claxton was also charged with obstruction, but the case was dropped because of, according to court records, a “lack of proof.”
While Claxton settled for a relatively small amount, his suit is yet another example of a lack of confidence in our city’s police accountability system. As I’ve said before, if SPD won’t discipline officers, people are going to continue to take their claims of officer misconduct to court, rather than deal with SPD’s slow and ineffective method of policing its officers.