A King County sheriffs deputy kicks a 15-year-old girl,slams her to the floor of a jail cell,strikes her and pulls her hair in violence captured on videotape.
Prosecutors released the surveillance video on Saturday in the assault case against Deputy Paul Schene,who is accused of using excessive force on the girl. Schene,31,has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault in Superior Court.
The incident last November began after the girl was brought in for an auto theft investigation,according to court documents. The footage shows the attack beginning after the girl enters the cell at suburban SeaTac City Hall and kicks off one of her shoes toward the deputy.
We believe this case is beyond just police misconduct,its criminal misconduct, King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg said. This is clearly excessive force.
Schene was investigated previously for shooting two people killing on in the line of duty in 2002 and 2006. Both times his actions were found to be justified,said Ian Goodhew,prosecutors deputy chief of staff.
Calls by The Associated Press to Schenes lawyer,Anne Bremner,were not immediately returned on Saturday. Bremner,however,released a statement to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in which she said the video does not tell the whole story. Bremner had asked Judge Catherine Shaffer not to release the video to the media.
In the video,a deputy kicks the girl,pushing her back toward the wall. The deputy then strongly backs the girl against the wall and slams her to the floor by grabbing her hair. A second deputy enters the holding cell,while the first deputy holds the girl face down to the floor. The first deputy appears to hit the girl with his hands. The girl is then lifted up and led out of the cell while the first deputy holds her hair.
The second officer shown in the video was a trainee at the time and is not under investigation,Goodhew said.
Schene told investigators through an e-mail conversation with his lawyer that once he was assaulted by the girl kicking her shoe at him,he entered the cell to prevent another assault, according to court documents. Schene also said the girl failed to comply with instructions in the holding area.
Prosecutors said Schene did not explain why he struck the girl after he had her in a holding position on the floor.