Seattle teen kicked by cop wants city to pay up, apologize

February 15, 2011 @ 7:35 am

By ALEX SILVERMAN
KIRO Radio

The teen who was kicked in the head and groin by an undercover Seattle Police officer in a convenience store last fall has filed a $450,000 claim against the city.

The 17-year-old is seen on store surveillance video with his hands in the air as Officer James Lee rushes in and kicks him in the groin, then the torso and head.

In the claim filed Monday, the teen's lawyers asked for either a jury trial or a $450,000 settlement for pain, suffering, and emotional trauma. They have also asked for an apology from the department.

The day after the incident was first reported, Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer told the media officers that they "have to grow up a little bit and recognize we are in the video age."

The officer has been administratively reassigned. The teen faces first-degree attempted robbery charges related to the drug bust that took place moments before the incident outside the convenience store.

KIRO-FM is not naming the teen since he has not been charged as an adult.


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