So here it is. Things start to get punchy around the 4:30-minute mark. Attorney James Egan calls it "the worst case of police brutality" he's seen. What do you think?
UPDATE:Seattle Weekly's Kyle Houk attended this morning's last-minute press conference and reports that, in his opinion, it does look like Etherly purposefully spit on SPD officer Eric Faust.
"Anytime we use force, it's got to be reasonable," SPD Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told the crowd of gathered reporters. "It's got to be necessary."
"Ultimately, you may as well have punched someone if you spit on them," Whitcomb continued.
So were Faust's punches warranted? At this point, that's up to the public and the ongoing OPA investigation to decide. While it's tempting to say that when officers have a three-on-one advantage over a suspect already being pinned to the hood of a cop car punching is never warranted, it also appears that Etherly was certainly uncooperative, and it could be argued he invited the situation through his actions.
In regard to Egan's contention that this represents "the worst case of police brutality" he's seen, that seems like an overreaction after watching the video.
Not sure whether that says more about Egan's quest for attention or the state of policing in Seattle, but it's undeniable now that we've all seen what happened.