New videotape has Seattle Police Dept. on the defensive

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 27 at 7:01 PM

SEATTLE - Another incriminating videotape has the Seattle Police Department once again on the defensive.

In the August 2010 video you see officers pulling over a suspect they believe is speeding. The only audio you hear is the local radio station playing in the squad car. The officers do not have their body microphones on.

"It’s suspicious. It’s required that officers have these cameras in their cars, have their microphones on,” said attorney James Egan.

Egan represents Amanuel Gebresalassie, who says the first thing police did when they approached his car is swear at him.

Gebresalassie felt harassed, so while the police were there he dialed 911 and asked for different cops to come.

"I didn’t feel comfortable. I wanted someone else to deal with,” he said.

While he was on the phone with 911, police told him to get out, but he says they were blocking the door.

This is where he alleges force. Police pulled him out of the car. He says one officer came around and kicked him in the groin.

"They got away with it, and as to the use of force, that was exonerated,” said Egan.

The Office of Professional Accountability found the officers’ use of force was within policy, three of the four officers received counseling from a supervisor.

Not satisfied with those findings, Gebresalassie and his lawyer want the police chief to resign.

"The chief does not have the capacity to clean his own house. That’s what the DOJ has already pointed out,” said Egan.

Why is this being released now when the incident happened more than a year ago? The attorney says they just got the 911 recording, pointing to the same officers who were involved in using profanity

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