Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes charged a man with assault recently for kicking the crap out of a 17-year-old boy in a convenience store. Under normal circumstances this would never come to the attention of the Seattle Police Management Association, a union representing SPD's mid-upper management.
But the man charged happens to be SPD officer James Lee.
That's why Lt. Eric Sano, president of the Seattle Police Management Association, told this to The Seattle Times.
"Mr. Holmes' action is a deplorable miscarriage of justice . . . This decision gives additional credence to our belief that Mr. Holmes has lost objectivity and we share the concern of other City employees that his decision making has become politically motivated and not justice based."
But is it a deplorable miscarriage of justice, Lt. Sano?
We don't have video footage of the entire night in question, but we do have clips of several segments of it. Ofc. Lee had responded to a report of a drug-buy bust gone wrong, in which two officers were assaulted.
Chasing who he thought was one of the culprits into a store in Belltown, he found 17-year-old Dvontaveous Hoston, who stopped and raised his hands. Next, Lee delivered three brutal kicks to the teen's chest and head.
Later he found this guy on the street and punched him.
Finally, he stomped on this dude's head.
Lt. Sano, in lashing out at Holmes, also said that SPD has "one of the most robust systems of police accountability in the country."
It's a statement that would surely come as a great relief to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who's currently investigating SPD for habitual misuse of force, a case that includes Lee's videotaped kick spree.