Seattle police officer Garth Haynes, caught on video in late 2010 stomping on the head of a man in handcuffs, knows his punishment for the violent transgression: a 10-day unpaid suspension. While Haynes was acquitted of an assault charge in March, an internal SPD investigation determined he used excessive force in the incident outside the BalMar nightclub, leading to his penalty.
Let this be a lesson to other police officers thinking about stomping on someone's head.
In case you need a refresher on the events that led to Hayne's (possible) 10-day suspension, Curtis Cartier noted on The Daily Weekly at the time:
As The Seattle Times reports, the incident happened around 1 a.m. on Dec. 12 outside the BalMar nightclub.
It all started when a woman supposedly walked out of the bar carrying jackets that belonged to Haynes and a friend he was drinking with while off-duty.
According to court documents, the two men followed the woman outside the bar and confronted her about the coats. The woman said they belonged to her friend and when Haynes pulled out his SPD badge she said "anybody can get one of those."
Eventually the woman gave the coats back to Haynes and his friend, but by now Haynes was on the phone with a 911 operator.
In the meantime a crowd had formed outside the bar, and some local dudes took offense to how Haynes and his buddy was talking to the lady.
Per the Times:
Three men followed Haynes and his friend and yelled at them to leave the woman alone, prompting Haynes to identify himself as a police officer and show his badge to them, according to the documents.
The three men are identified in the documents as Jake Keegan Baijot-Clary, 21; Simon Lee Thayer, 27; and Jason Reynold Lamb, 27.
As Haynes and his friend followed the woman, both were attacked from behind by the men, the documents say.
Backup officers supposedly arrived soon after the fight started, and managed to separate the brawling mob and put everyone in their respective corners.
But while they were interviewing everyone, Lamb supposedly got up and kicked Haynes in the head.
For some reason Haynes retaliated later by kicking a different guy, Baijot-Clary, in his head, "bouncing" it off the concrete while he was handcuffed face-down on the ground, according to his lawyer.
After Haynes' kick to the head, the other officers decided to report their colleagues' actions to his superiors, and Haynes was admonished and told to ride a desk while they investigate.
Lamb, Baijot-Clary, and Thayer were each charged with third-degree assault of a police officer.
For a trip down memory lane, here's the dashcam video of what happened: