Bellevue officers disciplined for incident at Seahawks game

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by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 6:46 PM

Two Bellevue Police officers were disciplined and one was exonerated after an off-duty incident that occurred in September during a Seattle Seahawks game.

Corporal Dion Robertson, a 22-year veteran, was demoted to officer and lost his supervisory responsibilities on the Bomb Squad, which results in a significant annual loss in pay.

Officer Andy Hanke, a seven-year veteran, was given 30 days suspension from duty without pay and was removed from the Bomb Squad, also resulting in a significant loss in annual wages.

Both officers were found to have violated policies on Deportment (a manner of personal conduct/behavior), Courtesy and Code of Ethics. Officer Hanke also violated Obedience to Laws Policy. A female detective was exonerated and cleared of all allegations.

The Bellevue Police Department launched an internal investigation in September after the Bellevue officers reportedly surrounded a Seattle Police officer working traffic outside CenturyLink Stadium and berated her.  The Seattle Police officer had asked them to pick up a beer cup and put it in the trash.   

Later, the officers were evicted from the game for swearing loudly, according to a man who asked them to stop using foul language in front of his wife and 12-year-old son.  The man said the officers hurled obscenities at him.

Robertson and Hanke had Loudermill hearings with Police Chief Linda Pillo on Monday.  The Loudermill hearing is an officer’s last opportunity to plead his case before discipline is imposed. 

“I am convinced that these officers have learned a very hard lesson and their actions in the future will always meet the high standards of behavior that the Bellevue community rightfully demands of their police. The discipline given to these officers is firm yet fair,” said Pillo.

“I made a mistake and I feel bad,” Robertson told KING 5.  “I take full responsibility for it.  I’m not proud of it.” 

Robertson apologized for his behavior in a letter to Seattle Police, Bellevue Police and the public saying he was "completely out of line and not behaving in a manner anyone should."

Hanke also apologized in a letter, saying "My behavior was inappropriate, disrespectful and lacked the professionalism you expect from me in my position."

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