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SPD Official On Use of Force Video: We Need to Grow Up

SPD Official On Use of Force Video: We Need to Grow Up

The officer, seen with the backpack, is seen kicking the suspect on the floor in this image from surveillance footage

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

November 19, 2010

SEATTLE – A top Seattle police official said Thursday said department officials are open to the possibility of a criminal investigation of an officer who was recorded repeatedly kicking a 17-year-old who during an October arrest.

“I think we have to grow up a little bit and recognized that we are in a video age,” Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer said. “Nothing that an officer does goes unnoticed.”

The ACLU has called for a federal investigation of the department, saying it is concerned about violent incidents against people of color.

Seattle Police Officers Guild President Rich O’Neill defended the officer, saying he made repeated orders for the teen to get on the ground.

O’Neill, a police sergeant, also said the command staff should get a gun and badge and get back in a patrol car, which might stop what he called “Monday morning quarterbacking.”

The incident happened Oct. 18 at Joe’s Mart near Second Avenue and Pine Street. The 17-year-old was one of four people charged with first-degree attempted robbery for an incident that happened shortly before his controversial arrest. During that incident, investigators say, an undercover officer was assaulted during a failed drug bust.

A fifth man also has been charged has been charged with conspiracy to deal cocaine in the incident.

“I think our officers often times in the heat of the moment – and obviously we’re dealing with something as emotional as watching their fellow officer be pretty savagely beaten — are going to forget the details of the realities that we live in,” Kimerer said. “Our officers can not afford to give in to emotions.”

The officer who kicked the teen, a 10-year department veteran who was working undercover the night of the incident, has been sent home on administrative reassignment.

He was placed on reassignment Wednesday afternoon, following Kimerer’s and Deputy Chief Nick Metz’s viewing of the video. See video of Kimerer’s comments below.


The department had the surveillance video as part of the investigation. Among the questions raised is why top department officials were not made aware of the recording before being alerted by the department’s media unit.

KIRO/7 contacted the department’s media unit for comment on Wednesday. KIRO and other local news stations posted the video online late Wednesday.

Kimerer said investigators need to do a more complete evaluation of the available evidence. He noted the video does not have sound and that there may be more to the incident that what is shown on the video.

“Based upon what I saw, my professional discerning judgment told me that this might be a case where the use of force was potentially excessive,” he said.

Kimerer said department officials are “open to the potential and necessity to look at this from a criminal referral standpoint.”

“That decision has not been made at this time. Again, we need a lot more information and evaluate a lot more evidence before we make that step. But we’re clearly prepared to do that if necessary.”

Undercover operation leads to arrest

The 17-year-old who was kicked multiple times is one of four people charged with first-degree attempted robbery in the drug bust gone bad.

Seattlepi.com does not typically identify suspects unless they’re charged as adults. The others charged in the Oct. 18 incident are Alexi Giovanni Selivanoff, 18; Freddie Lee Brooks Jr., 22; and Darius D. Yearby, 20. A fifth man whom police say was involved in the incident, Bryant Douglas Crews, 41, has been charged with conspiracy to deal cocaine.

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  • Pug_max600_max50

    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    We are in the video age. Be able to support and justify your actions when the adrenaline is flowing.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50

    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42222 Comments

    Oh the ACLU again!!!! My best to the Officer......

  • Cdcr_badge_max50

    SERT0629

    over 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    GREAT! ACLU is involved which means Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumb (Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) wont be too far behind.

    To the Officer, Great Job. No problem in my eyes at all.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50

    Daysend

    over 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    I dont blame the officer one bit.

  • Police_link_badge_max50

    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Let all play out !!!!!!!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Deputy Chief Kimerer needs to "grow up" himself and get back to the real world of police work, instead of pushing papers.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    First rule of police contact: Do as you are told !!! Nuff said !!!!

  • Badge__hat_max50

    Baxter2

    over 3 years ago

    1846 Comments

    I find it difficult to shed any tears for this 17 year old POS punk armed robber's treatment when he refused to comply. Lesson for him: If you want to wear the grown up pants and play with the big boys, you just might get hurt. To hell with him. The brass should be praising the officer for getting the POS arrested and off the street instead of investigating and considering "criminal referrals".

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Why is it anytime an officer has to use any type of force againt a person of color this crap happens? He tried to rob 2 officers and one of the officers was already attacked, he then refused to comply with the officers orders, I think at least the first kick was definately acceptable I'm not exactly sure why he kicked him twice more but I can assure you its not because he is black. Honestly its getting rediculous that everytime a colored person is shot, tased, or subdued with "force" everyone has to say its cause he is colored! How about it's cause he commited a crime and refused to follow very simple directions! Im not a cop and I try to keep my opinion out of topics like this but thats my 2 cents

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    UMPDAux

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    Does the concept of "what goes around, comes around" apply to criminals as well?

    Police brutality my you-know-what.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    “Only in Seattle would we be trying to get the officer in trouble for trying to arrest a felon,” he said. Its everywhere not just in Seattle.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    bump robo

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    They are complaining that an Officer kicked this waste of DNA while trying to arrest him for armed robbery and he was refusing to comply!? What the hell, should he have given him a damn hug and kiss? The union cop is right, get your butt out of the 'office' and back on the streets for a bit and remember what it is like. These Officers involved in this arrest deserve a letter of commendation in their file for catching these suspects!
    I am glad that I am retired as I would probably be sued, arrested and jailed now. I do not condone brutality or excessive force and certainly believe in total honestly and morality but I refuse to have my hands tied like our brother and sisters out there have to go through now.

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