May 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Man files civil rights suit over Seattle police incident
A 19-year-old man filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the City of Seattle today, alleging he was “shoved, threatened and menaced” by a Seattle police officer during an investigation that had nothing to do with him.
The suit, brought by Ismail Abdella, also alleges that the officer, Clayton Powell, later threatened him at South Precinct holding cell.
The suit stems from a high-profile incident in August in which Powell was captured on video, that was later posted on YouTube, repeatedly shoving Abdella during a heated confrontation that erupted while police were investigating a pellet-gun shooting.
The holding-cell incident, recorded on in-house video, showed Powell clenching his fist and making a punching motion toward Abdella. Police said at one point during the initial confrontation, Abdella appeared to spit on Powell, an allegation Abdella denies.
City prosecutors declined to bring charges against Powell, citing an outside expert’s report that found police botched the case due to the department’s culture and investigative failures.
No criminal charge was brought against Abdella, who previously filed a claim against the city seeking $500,000.
His suit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, also names Powell and two other Seattle police officers for allegedly failing to take actions to stop Powell.
The City Attorney’s Office declined comment on the suit.
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