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Martin Monetti Jr.
Yesterday Matt Driscoll wrote a Daily Weekly post about the City of Seattle's attempts to get the lawsuit filed against it and

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Comment of the Day: Dismissal of Monetti's Lawsuit Could Mean More SPD Brutality

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Martin Monetti Jr.
Yesterday Matt Driscoll wrote a Daily Weekly post about the City of Seattle's attempts to get the lawsuit filed against it and two SPD officers by Martin Monetti Jr.'s tossed from federal court. In the case, Monetti contends that during an April 2010 run-in with police he was stepped on and kicked by SPD officers and the subject of officer Shandy Cobane's infamous "Mexican piss" tirade."

On top of the video of the incident that went viral shortly after it happened, Monetti is also trying to get the Justice Department report that chastises SPD for using excess force - which his case is included in -- entered into evidence.

As was the basis for Driscoll's post, the City of Seattle and SPD feel Monetti's suit should be thrown out.

As the post notes:

In court documents filed June 8 and argued in court yesterday, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes' office strongly challenges almost all of Monetti's contentions, firmly contending the force was not excessive or racially motivated, and accusing Monetti of "changing his factual allegations."

For some Daily Weekly readers it's clear a having the suit tossed would be simply unacceptable. One commenter feels such a court decision could lead to more excessive force by SPD toward minorities.

As commenter neorealist says:

I hope this suit goes forward to trial. If the charges are dismissed, it would potentially create a slippery slope of emboldening SPD officers to consistently abuse and brutalize non-violent black and latin suspects.

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