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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Seattle police lieutenant acquitted of domestic violence charge

A Seattle Municipal Court jury this afternoon found a Seattle police lieutenant not guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Seattle Police officer Donnie Lowe leaves Municipal Court. (Photo by Greg Gilbert/ The Seattle Times)

Jurors deliberated for about two hours before returning the verdict.

Donnie R. Lowe was arrested in connection with a June incident at his home. Lowe was alleged at one point to have pushed his wife against a wall and slapped her face during an argument over their son at Lowe’s home.

The responding police officer reported smelling the odor of alcohol on Lowe.

Lowe’s attorney, John Henry Browne, said before the trial that Lowe’s wife told authorities that she did not want her husband to be prosecuted. She did not testify during his trial.

Lowe still faces trial on another misdemeanor charge in which he is accused of violating a court order by having contact with his wife while awaiting trial in the domestic-violence case.

Lowe was one of 32 sworn and civilian members in the department assigned to carry out the so-called “20/20” plan, created after the Justice Department found in December that Seattle police too often use excessive force. But he was removed from the position following his arrest.

Lowe has a checkered history with the department, including an arrest in 2008 on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). He has received internal reprimands for inappropriate dealings with his son in a holding cell and over his effort to retrieve nude photographs of a female acquaintance

Lowe joined the department in 1992 and earned $148,127 in regular and overtime pay last year.

— Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Carter contributed to this report.

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