SEATTLE – The news director at KCPQ-TV has resigned, two days after apologizing for taking too long to air a video of alleged Seattle police brutality.
KING 5 News obtained a copy of Steve Kraycik's resignation announcement Thursday.
The station has come under fire, both from the photographer who shot the video and the NAACP, for not airing the video of the April 17 incident. The video shows Detective Shandy Cobane stomping on a young Latino man and yelling "I'm going to beat the f---ing Mexican piss out of you homey. You feel me?" during a robbery investigation in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Officer Mary Woollum also appears to stomp on the man's leg.
The video was shot by a freelance photographer, Jud Morris. He had been employed by KCPQ. Morris says the video was shot while he was off the clock, using his own personal camera. He says after he presented it to KCPQ, the station told him it was not going to run the video. The video made air May 6 after Morris sold it to another TV station.
KCPQ has reportedly claimed that Morris was on the clock when the video was shot. The station claims it owns the rights to the video.
Morris says he believes KCPQ's close relationship with law enforcement on its "Washington's Most Wanted" program was the reason the station did not air the video. The Seattle chapter of the NAACP raised similar concerns.
On Tuesday, the station released a statement calling allegations that it purposely suppressed the video "completely false." KCPQ said " … we felt it was important to learn as much as possible about the circumstances surrounding the incident captured on the video before we aired it," and " … we took too long to do so and should have reported the story sooner.