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Seattle Officer Charged with Assault In Convenience Store Arrest

April 14, 2011  | 

Seattle Police Officer James Lee has been charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly kicking a teenage suspect inside a convenience store in October.

Officer Lee, 42, is the first Seattle officer charged, following a Department of Justice civil rights probe into the department triggered by a complaint from the ACLU.

The charge stems from an Oct. 18 incident in Joe's Mart in downtown Seattle that was captured on surveillance video and widely broadcast on television and Internet sites. In the video, Officer Lee is seen kicking teenager Dvontaveous Hoston, who was suspected of trying to rob an undercover narcotics officer.

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Kramo @ 4/14/2011 8:41 PM

I'm living in a world I truly don't understand. POS robber walks and now a cop will be fighting for his job. Hang tough brother.

MICHAEL @ 4/16/2011 7:38 PM

I don't want to guess what was happening prior to what we saw. Yea, the head kick was not the best thing to do, but maybe he was trying to kick the punk in the shoulder but missed. I can tell you that if the city pays the jerk one cent they are nuts. I'm sick of the bad guys getting paid on BS claims, it's always what the officer did, not what the suspect did first to cause the Police to be involved. Good luck to the officer, hope you wrote a good report to CYA.

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