4OYS looks at DOJ investigation of APD

Posted at: 11/28/2012 5:28 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When you look at some of the past problems of the Seattle Police Department, there are some striking similarities to what has been seen in Albuquerque.

In 2010, a Seattle detective was caught on video stomping a hipanic man's hand while yelling, "I'm going to beat the f***ing Mexican piss out of you honey. You feel me?" The man sued and the city settled out of court for $150,000.

Also in 2010, a Seattle officer shot and killed a Native American woodcarver for having a knife on the street. The shooting was determined to be unjustified because the man had a knife in one hand and a woodcarving in the other. The officer shot the man seven seconds after approaching him even though the man did not threaten anybody with the knife.

Recently, a video surface showing an officer punching a woman in the face.

The DOJ concluded officers unjustifiably used batons and flashlights as weapons.

Officers used excessive force on people who were already restrained.

Multiple officers would use excessive force on a single person.

Officers used more excessive force to people of color.

The police department has poor policies, supervision, and training related to use of force.

Once the investigation was over, the DOJ sued the city. 4 On Your Side dug up the court documents that show the DOJ ordered the Seattle Police department to adopt and implement new policies and procedures and improve supervision at the scenes where lethal force is used. An independent commission was set up to oversee the changes.