Friday, January 11, 2013

Seattle cop made threatening move against loudmouth handcuffed man, video shows - You got to be joking... Now just making a gesture is a crime?

Hours after Seattle police Officer Clayton Powell physically confronted a man during a disturbance call, a video shows Powell entering a holding cell and acting as if he were going to punch the man inside.


A Seattle police officer under investigation for allegedly using excessive force on a man arrested at the scene of a disturbance call in August made a threatening move toward him a short time later as the man sat handcuffed in a holding cell, newly released video shows.
Officer Clayton Powell can be seen leaning forward, putting his face close to the man, cocking his arm and balling his hand into a fist before pulling back and leaving the cell.
The video, captured by an in-house camera in the South Precinct, was released Thursday under a public-disclosure request by the Seattle City Attorney's Office, which is reviewing the entire episode to determine if Powell should be criminally charged.
Powell and other officers were called to the 3700 block of South Othello Street about 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 2 to investigate a report of a drive-by shooting involving a pellet gun.
A video later posted on YouTube showed a heated argument between Powell and a man at the scene.
Police said Powell, 51, who joined the Police Department in 1993, was baited into a physical confrontation with the man, who allegedly spit in the officer's face.
After the spitting, Powell initially pushed the man, which would not be considered a criminal act because it could be viewed as self-defense, according to a law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation.
But Powell is then alleged to have physically contacted the man after he was placed in handcuffs, making the officer subject to a potential assault charge, the source said.
It is not clear on the YouTube video exactly what happened.
After being arrested, the man who allegedly spit on Powell was taken to the South Precinct and put in a cell in handcuffs.
The video, which does not have an audio track, shows Powell initially opening the cell door and repeatedly pointing at the man from the entry area while apparently saying something to him.
About 6 minutes later, Powell returned to the cell, again appearing to say something and this time making a threatening gesture with his hand.
He then followed with the punching motion and left the cell.
No criminal case against the arrested man was referred to the City Attorney's Office by the Police Department, said Kimberly Mills, spokeswoman for the office.
The holding-cell video could be used as supplemental evidence to bolster an assault charge against Powell, according to the law-enforcement source.
Police initially said that other officers who responded to the shooting call reported that Powell had used excessive force and engaged in unprofessional conduct at the scene.
But police later revised their account, saying no other officer reported the conduct. Rather, a sergeant who routinely screened the arrest learned of it when he asked Powell's partner what had happened.
The partner told the sergeant to ask Powell, and when he did, Powell explained what had happened, police said.
Powell was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident and has since been put on non-patrol duty in the South Precinct, a police spokesman said.
The case initially was referred to the Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability for an internal investigation. But that inquiry was suspended when the criminal review began and won't resume until the criminal aspect is completed.
The incident occurred just days after the Police Department and the Department of Justice signed a landmark settlement agreement in U.S. District Court intended to address a pattern of unconstitutional use-of-force within the department, which the Justice Department found was partly from lack of adequate training and supervision of officers.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can YOU say BILL COZZI? This guy is fucked with a capital F.

Anonymous said...

So happy I am RETIRED from this job!

Anonymous said...

Bill Cozzi got fucked by none other than former FBI & CPD Supt. cunt Jody Weiss. Weiss is the one who initiated the Federal case against Bill after he had already been punished by the city and courts.

Anonymous said...

Not surprised. Appease the savages. Seattle is looking more and more like Chicago everyday!

Father Phellatio said...

OMG (gosh)... that cop DELIBERATELY frightened one of God's chilren! I pray that poor youth hasn't suffered any damage to his self esteem.

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something here?

Anonymous said...

These mayors police bosses and politicians in general better start waking up. They won't have anyone w/a brain apply for the job. I would like to see what GENERAL PATTON wpuld do to these so called generals who have been running the two wars. Petraus when asked what was one of his greatest achievments was in IRAQ, was building rads and schools, the Armed Forces are supposed to kill and destroy what the enemy has, He probably would'nt piss on them to hear the splash.Are superiors{in rank only}are just like these mopes we have running the military. Rules of engagement my ass. Wake up America before we lose all are good police and military men.

Anonymous said...

A threatening gesture ! Really !

Anonymous said...

Once again only footage will always surface of officers misjudgement or poor decision. I will pay big bucks for actual good footgae of offenders doing the same things while on the commissions of their crimes!

Anonymous said...

Seattle turned for the worse years ago. Was there couple summers ago. Saw a huge mob of urban youth fighting, Guys walking down the street smoking rocks. Place is filthy. May be as bad as Chicago.

Anonymous said...

Let's face it folks - the "old" days are long gone and just a memory...

Anonymous said...

Seattle is so fucking liberal now, they will fire and prosecute this officer - or at the very least make him go to sensitivity training. Democrats everywhere are starting to realize the political benefits of catering to shitheads.

Anonymous said...


Just explaining what would have happened in th " 0ld days" By 30 or 40 cops it he spit ever before the plague.

Explanations redundant in OLD Chicago; talking to a CORPSE was unethical without taking a souvenir?

Anonymous said...

Hire all these libtard types and let them work the shit ghetto areas.lets see how long they last or change their tune.

Anonymous said...

I do not see anything wrong with the officers actions.

Anonymous said...

Seattle is VERY LIBERAL. This story cracks me up. Didnt even hit him and he is in trouble...lol

Anonymous said...

Seattle fucking sucks. Those cops are total pussies and they get in trouble for nothing, and they have the FEDS investigating them? Holy Fuck. I would love to see those liberal pussies stroke the fuck out if they saw what happens here.