Seahawks fan sworn at by Bellevue Police officers tells story

Seahawks fan sworn at by Bellevue Police officers tells story

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Seahawks fan sworn at by Bellevue Police officers tells story

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 7:14 AM

The Seahawks fan who says he was the target of the foul language by three off-duty Bellevue police officers at a recent game is telling his side of the story.

The fan doesn't want to be identified because "he doesn't want to be known as the guy who turned in the police."

The man described the group, who reportedly identified themselves to him as Bellevue Police officers, as "obnoxious and loudly yelling F-bombs."

On September 16, he was at the Cowboys game with his wife and 12-year-old son. During the first quarter, he says the two men and woman began swearing loudly, so he called an usher.

At that point, according to the fan, one of the officers started calling him obscene names. The ushers escorted the officers away and they were removed from CenturyLink Field.

"The officers acted in a childish manner, certainly not like police should act," he said.

The officers are also accused of taunting a Seattle Police officer who was directing traffic outside the stadium. The officer reportedly asked the group to pick up a piece of trash they threw on the ground. The officers are accused of mocking and surrounding her, then focusing jeers on responding backup officers.

The incident with Seattle Police occurred prior to the officers' encounter with the fan inside the stadium.

Bellevue Police are conducting an internal investigation into both incidents.

At Tuesday's Bellevue City Council meeting, Police Chief Linda Pillo expressed embarassment over the alleged encounters.

"I want to assure you that I share your concern about the reported actions of these officers," Chief Pillo said. "The incidents have been embarrassing and disheartening."

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