Seattle officer seen kicking Latino man in video will not be chargedSeptember 1, 2010 @ 11:54 am (Updated: 1:53 pm - 3/28/11 )
The Seattle police officer seen in a video kicking a suspect and using racially-charged language will not be charged with a hate crime.
The King County prosecutor's office says Detective Shandy Cobane will not be charged with felony malicious harassment because he did not threaten or assault the suspect because of his ethnicity, and the language he used is not in itself illegal.
"The young man was selected not because of his perceived ethnicity, but because he was a robbery suspect," said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterburg.
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz has forwarded the case to City Attorney Peter Holmes, who says he will review it and determine whether misdemeanor charges are warranted. An internal SPD investigation continues.
In an April 17th video of his interaction with a suspect outside the China Harbor resident in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, Cobane is heard using the phrase "beat the Mexican piss out of you," and seen stomping on the man's hand to stop him from moving. The suspect was later released.
Cobane has since publicly apologized for his choice of words, calling them "offensive and unprofessional."
"I wish I could rewind that night and take back those hateful words expressed," Cobane said.
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