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Video: Suspect Claims Seattle Cop Choked Him

November 29, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Rough Arrest In Seattle

The attorney of a hit-and-run suspect claims a Seattle Police officer used excessive force on his client during a rough arrest in early October.

Seattle Police released dash-cam video Tuesday of three officers arresting Leo Etherly that fails to conclusively bolster the attorney's case, reports SeattlePI. Police say the video shows Etherly resisting arrest and intending to spit on Officer Eric Faust.

The video shows officers contacting Etherly. After Etherly refuses to give his name and acts beligerently, the officers attempt to take him into custody at the front of a police cruiser. As Etherly resists, Officer Faust puts his hands on the man's neck and chin.

"What are you choking me for?" Etherly asks.

"I'm not choking you," Faust said, "I'm getting your head away from me."

Etherly then spat in the officer's face. Officer Faust then punches Etherly, takes him to the ground, and punches him again. Etherly can then be heard crying, "Don't touch me, bro."

Etherly's attorney, James Egan, said his client involuntarily spat because the officer caused saliva to hinder his breathing. Egan said it was like his client was waterboarded.

Tags: Excessive Force, Seattle PD, Trial Lawyers

Comments (7)

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chuck @ 11/29/2012 3:54 PM

The officer im sure made a lawful stop. Next time follow directions asswipe

Gregory @ 11/29/2012 4:04 PM

I believe SPD should sue etherly and his client to recoup our tax money that the scum wasted with his false allegations. Aren't those video cameras nice? This was common before the cams and meant officers went through hell when scum like this yelled "Police brutality". It's time to get proactive and take this kind of behavior out of our LE lives. Civil court might be the answer!

Chuck @ 11/29/2012 4:11 PM

Maybe the attorney should be taken out and waterboarded to see what his freaking false accusation is really like. Freaking sewer rat. To compare what happened here to something like waterboarding to try and drum up a desired response is a bunch of crap. Spit in that attorneys face and he would be the first one demanding you were arrested and he would be filing a lawsuit because you attacked him by spitting in his face. freaking tool.

Craig @ 11/29/2012 8:43 PM

POS could certainly talk a lot while being "choked". +1 to suing the POS and his bottom feeding atty.

Bob @ VA @ 11/30/2012 6:29 AM

From the linked article: "Etherly's attorney said the hit-and-run is "kind of a non-issue,"" Really? That's the bottom line here. The POS commits a hit-and-run, then gets resists arrest and spits at the officers. Now he doesn't want to be held accountable for his criminal actions. +1 for suing the perp and the leaching attorney.

S.S @ 11/30/2012 6:45 AM

This is the best excuse that the scumbag attorney could come up with is that it was hindering his breathing. Whoever the judge is better kick this case to the curb. Along with this p.o.s. and his p.o.s. attorney what an asshole. Next time don't resist you dumbass.

Jim A @ 12/2/2012 12:42 PM

The sad part of this whole thing is that this scumbag and his scumbag lawyer will really end up with a settlement. It is because the department has too much to lose and it costs more to defend the suit than it does to pay off $20,000. And it is because the liberal juries award money to the scumbags, believing the money comes out of thin air at no cost. You idiots! YOU are paying the bill!

If the officers and departments were to start counter-sueing for this type of false claim, it would stop happening. When they sue the deep-pocket department or city for $250,000, we should sue their shallow pockets (and minds) for $500,000.

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