Shandy Cobane, the Seattle police officer caught on tape stomping on the face of a suspect and threatening to "beat the fucking Mexican piss" out of him, will not be charged with a hate crime. King County prosecutor Dan Satteberg said the incident did not qualify because Cobane "did not intentionally target and then threaten or assault a person because of their race or national origin."
In a statement released Wednesday detailing why no charges would be filed, Satteberg said Cobane did not intentionally target Monetti based on his ethnicity, but rather because Monetti was not complying with his commands. Satteberg said this was demonstrated by the fact that Cobane never talked to, or use force toward either of the other two men being detained, who were also Hispanic.
Satteberg also said while Cobane's language was offensive and referred to Monetti's ethnicity, using such language itself is not a crime and that to qualify as a hate crime, the threat or assault had to be directed specifically toward a person because of the person's race.
He added police officers are allowed to use physical force as part of their duties as long as it is reasonable for the situation. Satteberg said since officers were investigating two recent armed robberies and a gun and machete that were alleged to have been used in the robberies had not been located, and since Monetti was not complying with commands, the force to move Monetti's hand away from his body was not unreasonable.