Some cops ain’t isht…
The Seattle cop who threatened to “make stuff up” – fabricate felony robbery charges – after arresting two Seattle men for a misdemeanor, was only “bantering” with them, police now say. His comment was deemed by SPD as merely “inappropriate” since he never actually made up any charges.
Two young Seattle men, Josh Lawson and Christopher Franklin, filed a claim against the city last week seeking damages for excessive force and wrongful arrest. They say officer Brad Richardson, searching for two assault suspects on the night of Nov. 16, 2010 near Seattle Center, confronted them at gunpoint and wrongfully arrested them.
Though Richardson’s police incident report says the two “took off on a dead sprint down an alleyway,” Franklin says he and Lawson immediately “got on the ground and froze.” Lawson says Richardson kicked him in the head during the arrest and handcuffing; Richardson admits to kicking Lawson, but in the chest.
According to a video recorded while the officer and arrestees were enroute to jail, Richardson said the two were going to be charged “for robbery.”
“For robbery?” asks Franklin.
“Yeah,” says Richardson, “I’m gonna make stuff up.”
Of course, the cop’s bacon-scented brethren came to back him up…
In a response to news reports about the tape, SPD issued an online statement indicating the department still believes it had the right suspects, saying the case was dropped “because the assault victim did not wish to pursue this matter in court.”
But the department’s response does not do much to clarify the officer’s threat to make up a felony charge. The response fails to mention that the victim never alleged he was robbed. The officer’s report also makes no mention of robbery. The two suspects were booked for misdemeanor assault, and never charged.
The duo did file an internal investigations complaint about the actions of Richardson and other officers, but all were cleared by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).
Hit the flip to watch the shady cop’s dash-cam video recording.
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