Sheriff May Fire 2 King County Sheriff's Deputies From Burien Office For Using Excessive Force
The Seattle P-I is reporting that King County Sheriff Sue Rahr is contemplating firing two deputies who worked out of the Burien offices for use of “excessive force,” including one caught on this video as he man-handled Malika Calhoun, a 15-year old girl:
Deputy Paul Schene, 31, has been charged with misdemeanor assault for beating the teenaged girl in a SeaTac holding cell in the video above. His trial is set for Sept. 9th in King County Superior Court, where, if convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
The incident happened last November, and began after Calhoun was brought in for an auto theft investigation, according to court documents. The footage shows the attack beginning after the girl enters the cell at SeaTac City Hall and kicks off one of her shoes toward the deputy.
“We believe this case is beyond just police misconduct, it’s criminal misconduct,” King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg said. “This is clearly excessive force.”
The second deputy, Don Griffee, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault for hitting Johnny R. Bradford, 21, of Burien, a handcuffed suspect in the back of his patrol car on Aug. 3, 2008. Bradford had apparently been falsely accused of threatening a woman with a gun. Griffee, 61, was charged in King County District Court, where a jury acquitted him.
Some bad times in B-Town, eh?
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