SEATTLE – A Seattle police officer has been placed on administrative reassignment while the department investigates a surveillance video allegedly showing the officer kicking a teenage suspect.
The Seattle Police Department blog says the incident happened on Oct. 18 during a narcotics buy-bust in the in the downtown area. An undercover officer attempted to buy drugs and he was lured to a parking lot where he was surrounded and attacked.
During the incident, five suspects were arrested and booked for Investigation of Robbery and Investigation of Assault. Two officers were seriously injured and transported to Harborview Medical Center.
Among the suspects was a 17-year-old black male. The suspect fled the initial crime scene, but was found by police in front of a convenience store, which is where he was allegedly kicked by a plain-clothed officer.
Police officers on the scene say the suspect refused to get down after repeated commands, at gunpoint, to do so.
Sources tell KING 5 News the officer used a front kick, which is a takedown technique police are trained to use.
Police say they took the surveillance video into evidence Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Chiefs Clark Kimerer and Nick Metz watched the footage. In doing so, questions allegedly arose as to how much force was used. They decided to put the 10-year veteran on administrative reassignment.
SPD says Chief John Diaz was briefed a short time later, followed by Mayor Mike McGinn's staff.
The department says it has launched an investigation through the Office of Professional Accountability to review the force used by the officer and the circumstances of how the video was handled.