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May 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Man injured in chase

king5.com

This screen grab of a King 5 TV video shows Christopher Harris after he was pushed into a wall by a police officer in Seattle. A video of the incident is also available on seattletimes.com.

Deputy’s actions were egregious

The intentional slam-tackling of Christopher Harris by a burly deputy was no accident [“Sheriff: Hard hit not criminal,” page one, May 22].

Only a faulty observation of a third party who fingered Harris resulted in the deputy doing the dumb thing. Running from a big guy with a gun is not unusual.

The arresting process was egregious as seen on tape and was not an accident.

— Burt Harwood, Longview

Action not criminal — if a deputy does it

If any citizen had pushed a deputy and it resulted in the deputy being in a coma, wouldn’t the sheriff’s office be calling it a crime?

— James Thiele, Seattle

Police spokesman shows no remorse

Let us, for a moment, set aside the issue of whether or not the King County deputy who dealt Christopher Harris a “bone-crushing” slam into a wall was justified or not. The department’s spokesman, Sgt. John Urquhart, needs to be removed as the media interface.

When this man gets in front of the cameras, microphones and reporters’ notepads, he has the visage of the angry little man. There is no attempt to console, no tone of remorse and a tense visual countenance of arrogance and anger. His attitude seems to be, “I’m way too busy for this nonsense. Our officers never make mistakes; now get out of my face.”

If the department wants to sell its side to the public, they picked the wrong man to do it.

— Jack W. Mathews Jr., Stanwood

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