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.