A retired Seattle police officer charged with criminal impersonation for working at a construction site with lapsed credentials agreed Tuesday to perform 150 hours of community service and pay $50 in restitution to a woman who complained he angrily grabbed and pulled her while crossing the street.
In a resolution approved in Seattle Municipal Court, Judge Willie Gregory told the former officer, Michael Deacy, that the gross misdemeanor charge would be dismissed in 24 months if he commits no further criminal violations and abides by the conditions of the agreement.
Deacy apologized for his actions, offering remorse at a time when the Seattle Police Department is conducting a full review of so-called secondary work performed by retired and off-duty officers.
“He’s truly sorry for his behavior that day,” Deacy’s attorney, Michele Shaw, told the judge.
The woman Deacy confronted, Angelique Rosario, 32, said after Tuesday’s court hearing that she believed Deacy, who was wearing a Seattle police uniform during the Dec. 13 incident, was a regular officer when he yelled at her and pushed her in a Capitol Hill crosswalk she thought she could cross with the light.
In court, Rosario told the judge that Deacy reacted in an “intimidating and harsh” manner.
“It seemed completely inappropriate,” said Rosario, a barista.
Deacy, 70, who retired from the Seattle Police Department in 2006 after a 30-year career, was flagging and directing traffic at a construction site at Bellevue Avenue and East Pine Street, although his authority to act as a police officer had expired.
After Rosario filed a complaint with the department’s Office of Professional Accountability, Seattle police referred the matter to the City Attorney’s Office. In the course of events, Rosario learned that Deacy had given her a false name on day of the incident.
As part of the court agreement, Deacy has submitted a resignation letter to Seattle police, removing himself from any future secondary work.
Rosario, whose father once worked as a police officer in Wisconsin, will receive $50 restitution for lost wages she incurred the day of the incident.
She called the overall outcome “very fair,” noting that people makes mistakes but must be held accountable.