Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey has reversed the disciplinary action imposed on an officer who threatened to harass a journalist, lifting a one-day suspension and instead ordering the lesser penalty of additional training. Bailey said he concluded that rather than have the officer serve one day without pay, mandatory training provided a better opportunity to…More
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A King County sheriff’s deputy who threatened with arrest an editor for The Stranger weekly newspaper during a sidewalk confrontation in July has been fired, Sheriff John Urquhart said today. The firing of Deputy Patrick Saulet, a 27-year veteran, will be effective at the end of the business day, Urquhart said. Urquhart found that Saulet “took exception” to Dominic…More
A Seattle police officer who threatened to harass a journalist last year was found to have acted unprofessionally and was docked a day’s pay, according to the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. The discipline results from a complaint filed against Officer John Marion by Dominic Holden, news editor of The Stranger, following an encounter…More
A King County sheriff’s deputy who threatened a newspaper editor with arrest during a sidewalk confrontation in July has been placed on administrative leave pending the final results of an internal investigation into his behavior.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart confirmed today that Deputy Patrick Saulet was placed on paid administrative leave before Thanksgiving for allegedly threatening to arrest Dominic Holden, news editor for The Stranger weekly newspaper.
Holden wrote that he was riding his bike past Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street about 7:25 p.m. on July 30 when he saw six law enforcement officers surrounding a man who was seated on a planter box at a transit station.
Holden said he took a photo from a public sidewalk of Saulet, who told Holden to leave the area or risk arrest. Holden then spoke to a Seattle police officer, who reportedly threatened to come to Holden’s office and bother him while he was working.
Taking photos of police activity on public property is legal.
“As long as they are not directly interfering with an investigation, they have a right to stand there and videotape or take photos,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West following the incident.More
The Associated Press A weekly newspaper reporter says he was intimidated and threatened when he stopped to take photos of police officers and a sheriff’s sergeant questioning a man on a Seattle street. It was a relatively minor incident last week but totally unnecessary, said Dominic Holden, who is the news editor at The Stranger. He filed…More