Among the Seattle Police dash cam vids that went viral the past few years, SPD officers have been shown brutally taking down an unresisting suspect, repeatedly kicking another for no apparent reason, and telling one he'd better comply or the officer would beat the "fucking Mexican piss" out of him. In another, John T. Williams dies. Now we have the officer who says he will "make stuff up" to excuse a wrongful arrest.
Lawson and Franklin were arrested at gunpoint by officer Brad Richardson the night of Nov. 16, 2010 near Seattle Center.
Richardson was looking for, as the 911 caller put it, "two tall, skinny African Americans," both wearing jeans, sought in an assault.
Lawson is six feet tall and wore jeans. Franklin is 5-9 and wore white sweat pants. But Richardson made a felony stop of the two, jumping out behind his car door with his gun drawn and, he claims in his use-of-force report, ordering them to stop. They continued walking towards him, he says.
Franklin and Lawson say that's untrue. "We got on the ground and we froze," Franklin remembers.
Conveniently, the takedown and cuffing of the "suspects" is not caught on digital vid (or, at least, that portion of the vid is missing). In the vid obtained by KOMO, Lawson asks why Richardson kicked him in the face and the officer corrects him: "I kicked you in the chest."
It appears however that Richardson realizes he has no case against the two men he stopped for a crime they didn't commit and arrested on a charge he couldn't sustain.
When Franklin asks why they're being taken to jail, Richardson says "for robbery."
"For robbery?" asks Franklin.
"Yeah," says Richardson, "I'm gonna make stuff up."
His two detainees claim that's what he did when he filled out his report. Nonetheless, neither of them was charged after the arrest.
SPD higher-ups found no flaw in all this. An internal investigation cleared Richardson. Apparently no one questioned the abilities of an officer who would not only boast he fabricates criminal charges, but taped himself saying it.
Department spokesperson Sean Whitcomb says that while SPD takes citizen complaints seriously, he allows that "people have to believe that, and they have to trust the system - they have to trust the process."
But here's another video and investigation to make them doubt it.