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As Nina Shapiro documents in our cover story this week , attorney James Egan has a long history of using by-stander and dash-cam video to

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James Egan: Giving Cops the Cam Shaft

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As Nina Shapiro documents in our cover story this week, attorney James Egan has a long history of using by-stander and dash-cam video to prove his points in the courts of law and public opinion.

The attorney, who in the last year has placed himself "squarely in the center of the DOJ-fueled drama swirling around the SPD," as Shapiro writes, operates a YouTube channel that serves as a clearinghouse for the videos he's obtained through public disclosure requests.

Here is a collection of the most notable, with notation on the contentious parts of the video.

Video 1

Released last year, this video shows four officers interacting with two Hispanic men from Yakima, Miguel Oregon and Hugo Perez, who had been caught speeding on Capitol Hill. The officers unleash a torrent of taunts and profanity at the Yakima men. Most notorious, one officer declares: "The badge is the only thing preventing me from skull-fucking you and dragging you down the street." (heard at 5:30 in the video.)

Video 2

This video depicts what Egan claims is excessive force by officers, who pull Amanuel Gebreselassie out of his vehicle and bring him to the ground (5:10 in the video.) Gebreselassie claims he was scared when police approached his vehicle, and called 911.

Video 3

This video shows police questioning Beverly Mulvihill and her son Howard Mulvihill about an area burglary as the two dock workers wait for shift assignments. When the officers ask to see IDs, a melee ensues and Howard Mulvihill is Tasered (1:30). The Mulvihills filed a complaint, which an internal investigation sustained.

Video 4

At :30 of this video, police are seen aggressively apprehending a homeless man. The man reportedly had a weapon, and was told to "get on the ground" before he was slammed into the hood of a police cruiser. Egan contends the man was not given time to follow any police orders before they seized him; an internal investigation cleared officers of wrongdoing.

Video 5

Egan's most recently released video shows a police officer punching Leo Etherly (4:13) after Etherly resists arrest and, police claim, spits on the officers. Egan is representing Etherly in a lawsuit against the city.

 
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