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Shandy Cobane
The Seattle Police Department has a hard enough time dealing with the negative press of its public actions and policies. The last thing

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Seattle Police Department Hired Lawyer to Sniff Out News Leaker

shandy cobane04.jpg
Shandy Cobane
The Seattle Police Department has a hard enough time dealing with the negative press of its public actions and policies. The last thing it needs is someone telling the press about what goes on behind closed doors.

That's apparently why SPD Chief John Diaz--scratch that, you, the taxpayer--hired a private attorney to help him find the officer who leaked information about a notorious officer to the media.

The Seattle Times reports:

"The reason for this was that information regarding an active disciplinary case was divulged and we were concerned that this would have adverse impacts on our accountability process," [SPD spokesperson Sean] Whitcomb said in a written statement.

Whitcomb said he did not know the name of the attorney, how much the department paid for his services or the full scope of the work. The Seattle Times is awaiting the department's response to a public-disclosure request for information relating to the attorney's work.

The leak stemmed from the incident involving shamed cop Shandy Cobane, who was caught on video telling a prone Latino suspect that he would stomp the "Mexican piss" out of him--then trying to do exactly that.

The department had been under intense scrutiny at the time (and ever since) and KING 5 and the P-I ran with a story about how Diaz was planning to fire Cobane.

Diaz ended up not firing Cobane, but instead demoting him and suspending him for 30 days.

But the chief was reportedly furious over the news leak, and pledged to root out whoever the leaker was.

To do this, however, required more than the resources already at his disposal.

It's unknown yet how much this attorney cost SPD (and you), but one can rest assured that it likely wasn't cheap.

 
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