Attorneys for the man kicked by a Seattle police detective who threatened to beat the "Mexican piss" out of him say the city has decided to settle a civil rights lawsuit over the incident for $150,000.
The city of Seattle and two of its police officers asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss claims that they used excessive, racially motivated force against a man who was detained in a robbery investigation
A man kicked by a Seattle police detective who threatened to beat the "Mexican piss" out of him in a videotaped incident has filed a federal lawsuit. And Martin Monetti's attorney says the footage doesn't tell the whole story.
The Seattle Police Management Association slammed City Attorney Pete Holmes, saying he had "lost objectivity" and made a "deplorable miscarriage of justice" in deciding to charge an officer with misdemeanor assault.
The attorney for Martin Monetti, Jr., who was captured on tape being kicked by Det. Shandy Cobane as he yelled racially-charged threats, called the police chief's decision to suspend Cobane instead of terminate him "disappointing."
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz has expressed a desire to fire Officer Shandy Cobane, who was videotaped last year stomping on a suspect in a robbery case, according to two people familiar with the case.
The number of Seattle police use-of-force cases has declined, less than 3 percent of overall arrests involved force, and less than 1 percent of those force cases ended with major injuries, according to a department report examining statistics from 2006 through 2009.
Seattle Police Gang Det. Shandy Cobane was captured on tape giving the middle finger to a suspect following a heated exchange. But the suspect claims the worst happened inside the patrol car when Cobane choked him.
An angry crowd put Seattle's police department on the defensive Thursday night as the city's top cop faced tough questions and demands for his resignation.The meeting turned into a shouting match at times as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz tried to...