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Friday, October 10, 2008

Probation Officer Who Accused Police of Harassment Charged With Assault

posted by on October 10 at 10:14 AM

A King County Superior Court juvenile probation officer who says she was harassed by Seattle Police Department officers last month has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

Yvette Gaston, who described her encounter with police at an NAACP press conference on racial profiling two weeks ago, says she was grabbed and harassed by officers in September after she attempted to intervene in an encounter between police and one of her teenage clients.

Last month, Gaston says she took a young man clothes shopping and dropped him off in the Central District. Minutes later, she received a call from the teen, who told Gaston that police had stopped him for jaywalking and accused him of stealing the clothes.

Gaston, who is black, drove to the scene to show the (white) officers the receipt for the clothing.

Gaston says the officers then grabbed and harassed her, and claims that when she tried to call 911, one of the officers involved in the confrontation told the 911 operator to cancel the call. Gaston says officers later called King County Superior Court to complain. She is now being charged with assault for the incident.

Gaston—who not arrested during the incident—has filed a complaint with SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability.

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Seems like the SPD only contacted King County to cover their asses / make a suit by Gaston more difficult. If she had really assaulted them they would have busted her on the spot no question.

Posted by Anon | October 10, 2008 11:08 AM

OPA to the rescue!

Posted by Trevor | October 10, 2008 11:18 AM

When is this kind of thuggish behavior on the part of the police going to lead to actual punishment? The SPD is completely out of control.

Posted by Greg | October 10, 2008 11:32 AM

Good luck with that.

Posted by Banna | October 10, 2008 11:37 AM

If the officers felt "assaulted", they should have arrested her on the scene. If this sticks, it's complete bullshit.

Posted by Dougsf | October 10, 2008 12:16 PM

man, spd has really graduated. usually its only the homeless and addicted that get slapped with phony assault charges!

Posted by whomsRU | October 10, 2008 1:42 PM

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