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May 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Deputy’s hard hit

City is less safe when police use undue force

I am saddened to hear that the Sheriff’s Office investigation found that Deputy Matthew Paul’s assault on Christopher Harris did not violate departmental policy. If that is so, after viewing the video, I think the majority of us would agree that it’s time departmental policy was changed.

Citizens should be free to walk in the city without fear of attack by police. Arrest because of mistaken identity is one thing; unpleasant but easily rectified. Brutal assault because of mistaken identity is another. This should not happen.

I have a 14-year-old son who has been out of control at times. He punched me once and I called the police. After watching them smash his face into a wall and kneel on his shoulders to apply handcuffs, I won’t be calling them again.

Police officers who use undue force on teenagers and “suspects” put the rest of us in danger because we will be much less willing to rely on police when needed.

— Victoria Barbosa, Seattle

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