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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

City Releases SPD Dashcam Video to Egan

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

After a lawsuit filed yesterday alleged that Seattle police chief John Diaz was suppressing video of officers beating a suspect, the Seattle City Attorney's office and mayor's office issued a letter within the last hour that said the video could be made public.

Sent to attorney James Egan, who says his client was the victim of excessive force on October 6, the letter says, "A copy of the video is available for you at SPD. In the alternative, you may consider the video you have as a response to the request," sources tell The Stranger.

Technically, Egan already had a copy of the video, which he obtained through the evidence discovery process in defending his client (who was charged with assault before the charges were dropped), but Egan was not allowed to share the video, he said. He had filed a public records request to obtain a copy of the video that he could disseminate. Today's letter confirmed that Egan could use the video he already had, under broader public disclosure rules, or pick up the video from the SPD headquarters.

This is a good development, of course.

But what should be galling for Seattle residents is that (a) these incidents are apparently still happening even after a federal court settlement to stop them, (b) that it takes a lawyer like Egan to stage a political circus to get a dash-cam video, and (c) that city hall knew about this incident and the video for weeks and apparently did nothing.

Stay tuned for the video—which is reportedly not as dramatic as Egan has made it out to be.

 

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pfffter 1
Yes, it is galling. But not surprising. There will be no reform of the SPD with the stonewalling mayor still in office. Kick that bum out. McGinn has got to go. And by any stretch of the imagination, this controversy should be the one to unseat him. If any primary challenger doesn't drive this home into the heads of all Seattleites that even after the federal court settlement, these things are still happening in SPD, then they deserve to lose to our idiotic mayor.
Posted by pfffter on November 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM · Report this
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Huh? According to SPD their own chain of command referred this case themselves to their Office of Professional Accountability back in October. How is that "doing nothing"? http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2012/10/11…
Posted by Did I miss something? on November 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
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@2 OPA routinely exonerates the officers, a/k/a whitewashing. In HUNDREDS of OPA reviews of charges of excessive force, they found ZERO uses of excessive force. In contrast, DOJ found 20% were excessive, that is, about 240 cases were cases of illegally violent force used in about a couple of years period. That means in 240 times, OPA got it wrong.

Oh wait, it could be just a coincidence, right? That OPA and SPD command and SPD itself got it wrong hundreds of times.

Of course not. That's why referral to OPA is "doing nothing."
Posted by you mean "SPDOPA" on November 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
@1 - Seriously. If a snowstorm can undo the previous mayor, this shitstorm should, in a just world, ruin McGinn forever. I voted for him, and I'm still generally glad I did, but fuck, man. Mike, stop it. Just, go away.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 5
@2 because OPA and the SPD leadership--and McGinn--have been complicit in being irresponsible, terrible stakeholders for Seattle with no interest in protecting the city's residents from massive financial exposure, but have had every interest in protecting themselves and SPOG membership. The Justice Department didn't even lambaste the useless of OPA and Harris's office, they flamethrowered it into the dirt.

All of the SPD leadership needs to go. All of it. Diaz on down, and we need qualified civilians with loyalty to the city and law rather than loyalty to the SPD in charge of issues and matters of disciplinary revenue and control.

McGinn, as a matter of course, can piss off back to his private legal practice and bicycle evangelism or whatever it is he did in his private profession through all this.

I really wish the 99%+ of Good SPD cops would basically revolt and throw Diaz and his halfwit cronies all under the bus to get rid of them. We love the cops but hate the dozen or so that are trash and the sycophantic SPOG leadership morons that enable them.

Any of you SPD reading this--it's in your financial and professional interest to toss them bums out and create a civilian oversight board with legitimate teeth for discipline. Do that and you'd have a *LOT* of us residents screaming and barking for the city to give you guys a sweet renewed contract, at long last.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on November 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
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@3 @5 you're saying "city hall didn't do what I thought they should do" - which is fundamentally different from "they did nothing."
Posted by Did I miss something? on November 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this

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