WTF? 15 year old girl brutally beaten by Seattle police

Via Examiner:

Deputy Paul Schene of the King County Sheriff’s Department, an eight-year law enforcement veteran, was videotaped beating a 15-year-old in a holding cell last November. The video, requested by a Seattle television station that filed an official request under Washington’s open records law.

After being arrested and booked on a charge of auto theft (the car belongs to her parents, and she was a passenger, not the driver), the teenager displayed a “lippy” disposition toward Schene and another officer. As the door to her cell was being closed, she was ordered to remove her shoes, to which she complied by kicking one of them in Schene’s direction.

Schene then charged into the cell, kicked her in the stomach, slammed the girl’s head a corner, then slung the girl by her hair face-first to the concrete floor, and with a fellow officer,  handcuffed her while striking her twice to the back to the head. They then pinned her down and dragged her out by her hair.

The video record documents that after the assault the girl, who understandably had difficulty breathing, required medical treatment. Schene described the treatment as necessary to deal with a “panic attack,” a dishonest way of describing the reaction of a traumatized teenage girl to being gang-beaten by two adult males.

The video was discovered weeks later by a detective assigned to investigate the auto theft. Schene has been suspended from duty and was charged with fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail to which he has pleaded not guilty. And this isn’t the first time he’s acted in an irrational way either. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on new developments in this case.

Here’s a video of the victim speaking out about what happened [thanks Reb!]

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~ by redspyda on March 2, 2009.

2 Responses to “WTF? 15 year old girl brutally beaten by Seattle police”

  1. Great post! I can’t get this situation off my mind! I’m praying another racist, egotistical officer is not found not guilty because this has gotta be stopped. I’m glad the comment I’ve read on the video were 90% on her side. I’m definitely following this story til the end.

  2. Why would you think there is any racial basis for the situation? There is no evidence for that.

    I’ll give you a hint (you are probably too dense to get this, but I’ll try): Nearly ALL snap judgments where we do not have the facts are actually projections of our own motives on to the person we are judging. In other words, if you see anger in others, it is because you are angry. If you see hate in others, in is because you hate. It is because you are a racist, that you attribute racist motives.

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