Judge: Civil rights lawsuit in alleged SPD stomping can go to trial

Judge: Civil rights lawsuit in alleged SPD stomping can go to trial

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Judge: Civil rights lawsuit in alleged SPD stomping can go to trial

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 5:52 PM

A federal judge has ruled a civil rights lawsuit, alleging excessive force and unlawful discrimination by Seattle police, can go to trial.

The case was filed by Martin Monetti against the City of Seattle, SPD Officer Shandy Cobane and Officer Mary Woollum.

The case involves an April 2010 incident which was captured on video. The video showed Monetti and two other men detained by police investigating robberies in the area.  While Monetti was face down on the ground, Cobane was seen on video stomping on Monetti.  Cobane could also be heard using a racial epithet.

"This case is a perfect example of why reforms are needed in the Seattle Police Department," said Lorena Gonzalez, Monetti's attorney.

In May, the City of Seattle asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit stemming from the incident. The judge agreed with the city only in part and tossed out the claims for outrage and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The judge's ruling means that Monetti and his lawyers are entitled to a trial on the issues whether the officers used excessive force or committed assault and battery against Monetti.

Monetti will also have a chance to prove that Cobane unlawfully discriminated against him at the scene. The claim of unlawful discrimination against Woollum was tossed out.

KING 5's Linda Byron and Liza Javier contributed to this report.


 

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