At some point by now, most of the state of Washington has likely seen the video of Seattle Police Officer Shandy Cobane stomping on the head of prone Latino suspect, Martin Monetti, after telling him that he would "beat the fucking Mexican piss" out of him, back in April. Not only is the racist language indisputable, but so is the well-placed kick Cobane delivers to the man's head. The only one who hasn't seen the video, it would appear, is Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes. The attorney announced he would not pursue any criminal charges against Cobane on Tuesday, spinning the obvious stomp Monetti's head as "step(ing) on Monetti's right hand and sweep(ing) it away from his face."
The city is also dismissing charges against Officer Mary Woollum, who stood on Monetti's back for about 24 seconds, after Cobane kicked him.
Here's the Mexican piss stomp video again for a refresher.
Now here's the key parts of City Attorney Peter Holmes full statement released Tuesday:
"Though the incident was marred by an unacceptable and unnecessary racist comment, our office concludes that neither officer's conduct was criminal, and I decline to file misdemeanor charges...
...Cobane is heard yelling, "I'm going to beat the fucking Mexican piss out of you homey. You feel me?" Shortly after Cobane's comment, Monetti, with his arms extended in front of his head, moved his right hand toward the right side of his face. Cobane used his right foot and appeared to step on Monetti's right hand and sweep it away from his face. Cobane then directed Monetti to keep his hand down. Moments later, Woollum approached Monetti's right side and stepped on his right leg for approximately 24 seconds."
Either Holmes was eating psychedelic mushrooms before he watched the above video, or he's simply offering a shameless spin attempt at what's obviously a kick to the head, not a sweep of the hand. Either way, he's letting Cobane off the hook, despite what most would conclude is irrefutable video proof of excessive force.
No reason now to think that any other officer who's been video taped kicking or punching someone without justification will be treated in any other fashion.