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Seattle cop put on leave after use-of-force incident with handcuffed female prisoner

Kathleen O’Toole – Mayor’s Choice For SPD Chief

New Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE — New Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, writing a byline report on the department’s online blotter blog, announced Thursday night that an officer was relieved of his duties and placed on paid administrative leave for a use-of-force incident involving a handcuffed female prisoner.

“The incident occurred on Sunday, June 22, when the officer assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau arrested an adult female involved in a domestic violence incident in the South Precinct,” O’Toole wrote. “During the course of the incident, both the officer and the female were injured.”

Because of the injuries, which O’Toole did not identify, investigations were launched.

“In keeping with department policy, the involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation proceeds. I have also ensured the department has fully briefed U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and the FBI on the incident and have requested the Washington State Patrol provide investigators to assist SPD,” she wrote.







  • Joe

    Funny how the president through Holder cry about use of force in Seattle over things like tight hand cuffs, then cause this political stink up here and then turn around and arm domestic branches of government with tons of ammo and machine guns and then go after and old cattle farmer with a massive army of tanks and guns in order to rule by fear.

  • AnwarPeace

    Random Drug & Psychology Testing for all S.P.D. Personal. Face it we all want our Airline Pilots, Doctors, and even Cable Guys to be “Drug-Free”, so why aren’t Seattle Police Officers working in a “Drug-Free-Workplace”. The only time a Seattle Officer gets tested is at hiring and/or if they shoot someone, I have found 6 other Police Departments across the country that have a drug testing program. One of those department is the Boston Police, which the Seattle Police Departments’ new Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole comes from Boston P.D. who started their drug testing program in 1999. As for the Psychology Testing, everyone needs to handle their “Workplace-Stress” in the right way and clearly Seattle Police Officers aren’t handling the stresses of job in a positive manner. It only makes sense to have the cops who patrol our streets be Mentally-Healthy, so they can protect us from the “Bad-Guys” and not turn into a “Bad-Guy” themselves. So at least once a year officers should be screened for Mental Illness and whether their stress levels are effecting them while on duty.

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