Thursday on The Daily Weekly we reported on the recent arrest of an off-duty SPD police officer in Lake Stevens after an alleged domestic violence incident with his estranged-wife. The 41-year-old male officer, who works in the Special Operations Bureau, allegedly assaulted his soon-to-be ex-wife, pushing her down during a doorway confrontation in the couple's home.
According to the police report, officers arrived on the scene at approximately 10:29 p.m. after receiving a call from a woman who said her husband had pushed her down and kicked her, and that he was a Seattle Police officer who may "HBD" - police shorthand for "have been drinking," according to my own cursory Google search.
As Snohomish Sheriff's deputies were in the process of responding to the call, the police report notes that the male SPD officer in question called 911 himself. Rebutting his wife's call, which came only a minute before his, he reported that there was no assault, but that his wife definitely "HBD".
Upon arriving on the scene, the responding sheriff's deputy found both husband and wife at the front door, "calm" according to the police report. The husband didn't appear intoxicated, according to the responding officer, but he did report having taken an Ambien earlier in preparation for bed. The wife, who was interviewed second, didn't appear intoxicated either, but did appear to have been crying.
In statements collected in the police report, the couple agrees that an argument started in the doorway of the husband's bedroom. He apparently wanted her to leave so he could go to bed. She didn't leave. Then he pushed her.
How hard is what's being contested.
An example of a Seattle police officer living far from the city he's tasked with serving and protecting was enough to raise the ire of Seattle Weekly Editor-in-Chief Mike Seely. That's because it's no rarity.
Seattle Weekly's Mike Seely writes:
While nowhere near as depressing as the domestic violence allegation, do any Seattle cops actually live in Seattle anymore? Seems they all live in Lake Stevens, which is worlds removed from the citizenry they're policing. If there's one thing McGinn's right on (even though he's done little beyond simply voice his opinion on the matter early on), it's a residency requirement for Seattle cops. The argument about their not being salaried at a level where an affordable home can be purchased is bullshit, just to get that one out of the way.