The Seattle Police Department seems to have a problem with video recordings. More specifically, there seem to be too many of them floating around depicting SPD officers acting like juiced up, overly aggressive thugs.
Yes, sadly though not shockingly, Seattle Times recently got its hands on a holding cell video that shows Powell going all tough guy on a man arrested after a August disturbance call related to a drive-by pellet gun shooting. Judging by what we've already seen of Powell captured on tape, it doesn't seem out of character.
As you'll recall, Powell has been in hot water for the way he acted during the arrest of the man. A YouTube video showed said response involved some aggressive shoving of the suspect - who was accused of spitting on Powell -- and a possible assault after the man was in handcuffs. Because of the latter, the Times reports that the City Attorney's Office is currently reviewing the incident to determine whether assault charges against Powell are warranted.
As a refresher, here's the YouTube video of Powell's reaction at the scene:
Powell was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident and has since been reassigned to non-patrol duty in the South Precinct, a Seattle Police spokesperson tells the Times.
But apparently Powell's on-scene machismo schtick that day wasn't the end of the story. As this latest video - which was obtained by the City Attorney's office as part of its investigation into the matter - shows, once the arrested suspect was safely handcuffed in a holding cell (charges were never brought against the man, btw), Powell can be seen entering and threatening to throw punches. At one point Powell rushes the suspect with his fist cocked, as though the uniformed cop is about to throw a blow. Later Powell can be seen getting in the suspects face and raising a threatening closed fist once again.
Here's the video, embeddable courtesy of the Times:
Of the video, the Times writes: "The holding-cell video could be used as supplemental evidence to bolster an assault charge against Powell, according to the law-enforcement source."
If nothing else, it bolsters the notion Powell is in the wrong line of work.