Seattle cop investigated after video exhibits him rolling bike over protester’s head
- An officer from the Seattle Police Division is going through a legal investigation after rolling his bicycle over a protester’s head.
- The officer, who has not been named, has been positioned on administrative depart, in line with an announcement from the Seattle Police Division.
- The incident occurred a day after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, declined to cost an officer with the killing of Breonna Taylor.
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A Seattle police officer is beneath investigation after a watchdog group reviewed a viral video on Twitter displaying him using over an injured protester’s head together with his bicycle, in line with a statement from town’s police division.
The protester was mendacity on the street when a gaggle of officers on bicycles wheeled by means of, video of the incident exhibits.
—Martin Banks (@WarlockBranis) September 24, 2020
The officer within the video didn’t circumvent the protester or seem to examine if the individual was okay. Neither the officer nor the protester has been recognized.
After the video went viral on Twitter, the Seattle Police Division announced on Thursday that the officer concerned had been positioned on administrative depart.
The incident occurred a day after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, declined to charge two officers concerned within the demise of Breonna Taylor. One officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, however not for killing Taylor.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black girl, was killed when police shot her multiple times in her Louisville home on March 13. The officers, pursing a narcotics bust, used a “no-knock” warrant, which didn’t require the officers to determine themselves earlier than getting into her house.
Outrage over Taylor’s demise unfold nationwide, with high-profile figures like Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, calling for a federal investigation, and with demonstrators calling for police reform and an finish to police brutality.
The Seattle Workplace of Police Accountability, an unbiased group that opinions police misconduct claims, requested a legal investigation into the incident involving the officer and the protester, saying in a statement that the video confirmed “potential violations of SPD coverage, in addition to potential legal conduct.”
The workplace obtained greater than 30 complaints in response to the video, in line with the assertion.
In a information launch, the Seattle Police Division stated that over the course of the night time of protests on Thursday, its officers had made “greater than a dozen arrests.”
“The SPD is absolutely dedicated to the oversight and transparency programs the Metropolis has in place,” the legislation enforcement group stated. “The SPD calls on the group to encourage peaceable protests and dialog, and produce an finish to continued destruction and violence.”
The unrest in Seattle comes amid a battle over a possible large cutback to town’s police price range. The Seattle Metropolis Council has pushed for a major discount to the police division’s price range by about 50%, a transfer Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan has indicated she opposes.