The findings, released on Friday, include those from a case in which an officer punched a man several times in the torso amid an arrest, and another in which an officer pushed a demonstrator to the ground twice, causing injuries to their head and face.
The settlement agreement centers on findings that a Black mother and her son were the target of racial discrimination and retaliation by Thornton Creek Elementary School staff during the 2017-18 academic year.
The city’s Office of Police Accountability has wrapped up five investigations into complaints filed against the Seattle Police Department amid ongoing protests, including a case in which a child was hit with pepper spray.
Sgt. Michael Tietjen, who is accused of driving an unmarked police vehicle onto a sidewalk toward protesters on Capitol Hill on August 12, has a history of ethics investigations and excessive force allegations, according to court documents and a series of 2007 reports published by the Seattle Times.
Auburn Police officer Jeffrey Nelson, 41, has been charged with second degree murder and first degree assault in connection with the 2019 shooting death of 26-year-old Jesse Sarey.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind charged under Washington state’s Initiative 940, which eliminates a long-held legal standard of not charging officers in deadly force cases unless it can be proven they acted with “malice.”
Protester Samantha Six says she had multiple, untreated seizures while in police custody and jail; Her husband, Damien Boyd, says a Seattle Police officer jammed their knee into his neck, preventing him from being able to breathe.
Joaquin Uribe, a volunteer medic during the Seattle protests for racial justice, was accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest and was arrested. He then spent most of the 46 hours he was in jail in isolation because he is transgender.
Uribe refutes the officer’s allegation, and says it was the arresting officer who left him with multiple injuries, including a puncture wound in his abdomen.
The family of a young boy hit with pepper spray and a woman shot in the eye with a rubber bullet are speaking out about the Seattle Police Department’s use of crowd control weapons against demonstrators.
Their attorneys say they intend to file lawsuits in the wake of the incidents.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not licensed a coronavirus vaccine, although a series of clinical trials are underway.
But a microbiologist in Seattle has come under fire for claiming to have made one. He says he has administered it to others, including his son, who is a minor, and himself. He won’t say how many people he’s injected altogether.
The Trump administration and other leaders around the world have proposed Covid-19 antibody tests, which can detect past infections, as a stopgap solution to reopening society until a vaccine is developed.
But even as labs are conducting antibody tests, some patients have found themselves unable to obtain a physician’s referral. We asked doctors to unpack that reluctance.
The University of Washington’s Virology Lab this week began processing thousands of Covid-19 antibody tests, which can detect whether a person has previously been infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
But as testing has gotten underway, some patients have been erroneously told by health care providers that the tests aren’t available.