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January 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

SPD: 3 off-duty cops fought with nightclub security

Three off-duty Seattle police officers were involved in a fight with security guards at a Capitol Hill nightclub early Monday morning, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) reported Tuesday.

The three officers, all male, were not acting in an official capacity, the SPD said.

On-duty officers were called to the scene, and the incident was reported to SPD commanders and referred to the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) on Monday, according to the department.

According to the report made by responding officers, two of the three off-duty officers said they felt they had been assaulted by security and requested a police report be made.

One of the security guards said he had video of the incident, the report says, but it was “grainy and difficult to see the exact movement of the subjects.” However, the report continues, it appears that one of the security guards was the aggressor in most of the video.

The report notes that the video shows the guard and two off-duty officers exchanging words, then the guard “quickly leg sweeps (one off-duty officer), slamming him to the ground. But the guard said the off-duty officer “threw an elbow at him,” causing the takedown.

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the three officers are now on regularly scheduled days off. “Any changes to their work status will be determined pending additional information gathered during the course of the investigation,” the department said in a statement.

Whitcomb, who provided the report, said the department wanted to be upfront about the incident and ensure that people heard about it first from the SPD.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation is encouraged to contact OPA by phone at 206-684-8797 or by email at opa@seattle.gov.

 

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