Seattle teen claims police brutality, offers video proof

By TIM HAECK
KIRO RADIO

Update: Seattle Police Department releases statement on claims of brutality in video


Video courtesy King 5
Another amateur videotape has surfaced showing Seattle police officers in a violent confrontation on the street.

The video was recorded in July 2009. Seventeen year old Joey Wilson was stopped by an officer for jaywalking in his Queen Anne neighborhood.

"This jaywalking incident turned into a beating," says Wilson's attorney, Alisa Brodkowitz.

Brodkotwitz says police told the boy that there was a warrant for his arrest, which he denied. An officer let the teenager make a phone call and the father of a neighbor friend showed up at the scene.

Brodkowitz says the neighbor tried to convince the officer to give the boy a jaywalking ticket and let him go.

"When it became clear that the police officer had something else in mind, the neighbor told the police officer 'I'm gonna get my video camera,' and went inside and got his video camera and began taping," said Brodkowitz.

Meantime, other officers arrived as backup. Brodkowitz says Wilson suffered a broken nose and a concussion.

A lawsuit against the city of Seattle and the police department claims excessive force and violations of the teenager's civil rights, among other things.

In a statement, police say the "male suspect was uncooperative" and refused to identify himself or move out of the roadway.

Attorney Brodkowitz says Wilson is mentally disabled and didn't have a driver's license or other form of identification.

Police say the boy resisted arrest and that the officers involved have been cleared of wrongdoing. The police statement goes on to add "it is unfortunate that a contact involving a relatively minor offense escalated and subsequently required police use of force to bring a resistive suspect under control."

Last June, a different video was broadcast showing a Seattle police officer punching a teenage girl who appears to interfere with the officer, who had stopped a woman for jaywalking on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.


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