Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey concludes [“SPD officer’s misconduct finding to be reinstated,” The Today File, Feb. 24] that Officer John Marion requires training to understand:
• The difference between private or public property.
• That taking photographs in a public place is legal.
• In the United States, the press has the right to gather information.
• That threatening to harass a citizen at his place of work (or anywhere) is not considered a legitimate use of police authority.
The message is that department training is insufficient for Officer Marion to know the correct way to handle the situation with The Stranger reporter Dominic Holden. If this is true, all officers need training on these issues.
As for the implication that a one-day suspension being equivalent to a $400 fine is too much, compare it to if a private citizen harasses another citizen, the misdemeanor penalty can be up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.
Mike Nakamura, Fall City