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Police Chief Reverses Finding on Use of Excessive Force

June 05, 2014  | 

Citing newly discovered evidence, Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey has reversed a finding that an officer used excessive force when he stepped on the head of a handcuffed man outside a Ballard bar in 2010, reports the Seattle Times.

Bailey, as required under city rules, notified Mayor Ed Murray and City Council President Tim Burgess of the decision by letter Monday, saying city attorneys recommended the action after a medical expert found the officer sustained a concussion during a brawl that preceded the contact with the handcuffed man.

The concussion, according to the expert, may have caused the officer, Garth Haynes, to "be confused and lack the ability to control his actions," Bailey wrote in the letter.

Tags: Seattle PD, Officer Prosecution, Use of Force


Comments (9)

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Lenny @ 6/5/2014 2:29 PM

Wow, what a surprise and another paid thug gets a walk.
I wonder how much it cost for the "medical experts" opinion
and who gets to pay for it?

KevCopAz @ 6/5/2014 5:03 PM

Lenny, you are either a paid Lib trouble maker, a plain idiot or just stupid! I am not alone in saying each and every time you make a comment it shows your lack of common sense, knowledge of police work and just plain exposes your bias against cops and the use of common sense when it involves policing. You are a fool.

Lenny @ 6/5/2014 5:32 PM

@Kevcopaz
Easy big fella, your comments are a personal attack, and may get you banned.
As far as what I am, YOU and those like you have NO business judging me.
As to your assertion about my common sense and bias, let's see what I haven't
done recently. Tossed a genade at a baby, let someone in my custody drown, or
stood on the hood of a car after the chase, and gone Rambo. As far as knowledge
of police work, you're kidding right? My bias as you call it is based on you and your
kinds actions and responses. By the way about your common sense, I saw in
another of your tirades that you're sending your son son to college in VT. Why would
you do that when you have The University of Phoenix right in your backyard. I hear it's
a fine institution.

Lenny is a pussy bitch @ 6/5/2014 7:03 PM

Lenny was probably recycled out of the academy. Now he's a jealous prick punk.

Longarm9 @ 6/5/2014 8:27 PM

Best not to feed Lenny the braindead troll.

TheRookie @ 6/5/2014 8:45 PM

Lenny is your last name Dorner??? LMAO. What a L.E. internet troll tard. Couldn't carry Joe Fridays jock strap!!!

Capt. Crunch @ 6/5/2014 10:41 PM

@ Troll, "you and those like you" is a racist remark. Show a little respect for the people that protect you.

Arby @ 6/6/2014 6:12 AM

Lenny - You lump instances where officers do criminal acts together with those who make mistakes. All may have similarly bad outcomes for those on "the receiving end," but "intent" is a prime tenet of the law. You mentioned the grenade and the baby. They did not plan to hurt a baby. Bad as it was, it was still not intentional. Civil remedies are available to help the idiot who thought it was perfectly okay to hang out in a drug house - with a baby. If intentional, criminal remedies would be available too and yes, cops do lose their jobs and some go to jail. With a few hundred thousand officers in the U.S. you can see why there are so many stories about events like these even when the percentage of "bad" cops is lower than that of priests, lawyers and politicians. Because of that simple fact a "bad cop" really IS news and the press loves BAD news, so you tend to hear about it. You and I don't have nail holes in our hands - we're human. Do a ride along and see the other side.

bo2234 @ 6/6/2014 2:04 PM

Lenny, should we have no reason to judge you, what gives you the right to come here and judge us? Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are here hating those that you would call in an instant if you were in an accident, had your home burglarized or were victimized in some other way by the very people we deal with on a daily basis.

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