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 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.