November 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM
Bellevue PD completes probe into behavior of off-duty cops at Seahawks game
Bellevue police have completed an administrative investigation into allegations that three off-duty Bellevue officers behaved inappropriately during a Seahawks game in September.
The findings are now being reviewed by the department’s command staff, which expects to present its recommendations to police Chief Linda Pillo by Friday, according to a news release issued today. Pillo will then decide if there were any policy violations and, if so, what discipline is appropriate.
If Pillo decides to impose discipline, the officers have a right to a hearing, known as a Loudermill hearing, so they can present their views on the incident and the proposed discipline, according to the news release.
Bellevue police say they will issue a new release once the entire process is complete. It isn’t clear when that will be.
Prior to the Seahawks’ Sept. 16 game at CenturyLink Field, three off-duty Bellevue police officers surrounded a uniformed Seattle officer who had confronted them for littering outside the stadium. The officers — two men and a woman — along with another woman, reportedly used vulgar language and taunted the officer, and sources reported that at least one of them flashed a badge. Another Seattle police officer was concerned enough to call for supervisors and additional officers to respond to the scene.
According to the Seattle police, the supervisors also were subjected to taunts and foul language.
The Bellevue officers were allowed to go on their way with no arrests or citations “because no crime was committed,” Seattle police said. The group continued into the stadium, where one Seahawks season-ticket holder said they repeatedly dropped “F-bombs” in front of his wife and 12-year-old son. When they were asked to tone it down, the fan said, one of the men became belligerent and called him vulgar names in front of his son.
The four were kicked out of the stadium, and the fan said the female Bellevue officer told him that he should stay out of Bellevue.
During a Sept. 24 meeting, Pillo told the Bellevue City Council she expected it would take a month to complete the internal investigation.
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