City Attorney Charges Seattle Cop For Kicking Handcuffed Suspect

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee July 8, 2011

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes' office has filed assault charges against Seattle Police Officer Garth Haynes for allegedly kicking a handcuffed suspect outside a Ballard bar in December:

The City Attorney’s Office has charged Seattle Police Department Officer Garth Haynes with one count of Fourth-Degree Assault, a gross misdemeanor, following an SPD investigation of a Dec. 12, 2010 fight outside a Ballard bar.

“We must continue to ensure that police officers, whether on duty or not, are held accountable for their actions.” City Attorney Pete Holmes said.

CAO brought the gross misdemeanor charge against Haynes after the King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to charge him with a felony. Haynes, who joined SPD in 2009, is on administrative reassignment. If convicted, he faces a maximum term of 365 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Seattle Municipal Court at 2 p.m. July 22 in Courtroom 302.

Haynes is the second officer to face assault charges in the last few months. The City Attorney's Office previously charged officer James Lee with assault after he kicked a teenage boy in a downtown convenience store following a botched drug sting.

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