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Seattle Cop Arrests 70 Year Old Man For Using Golf Club as a Cane

Elderly and Walking While Black with a non-traditional cane.

This one is crazy overboard.The officer stops the older man as he is about to cross the street, and then falsely accuses him of trying to hit her with the golf club he uses as a cane despite the entire event being on video.

Police Officer Fired For Racial Bias After Falsely Claiming Black Man Attacked Her With Golf Club

In fact, video reveals William Wingate was merely leaning on the club, which he used as a cane.

Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was fired Tuesday for showing racial bias and a lack of remorse when she improperly arrested a 69-year-old black man who was using a golf club as a cane.

“I was disappointed by your failure during your Loudermill hearing to take any responsibility, or show any understanding that your conduct at issue here was inappropriate,” Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole wrote in her decision to fire Whitlatch. “In particular, when I asked you what if anything you would do differently in retrospect, you stated that you would do nothingdifferently.”

In July 2014, Whitlatch arrested William Wingate, then 69, claiming he had swung a golf club at her patrol car. He was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, under a plea deal in which the charge would be dismissed if Wingate had no other offenses for two years.

However, the Seattle Police Department released video of the incident in January 2015 that showed Whitlatch’s claims to be false. The video indicates that Wingate was merely leaning on the club, which he claims to have used as a cane for years. The police department apologized to Wingate and worked with the city attorney’s office to get the charges against him dismissed early.

Whitlatch was reassigned to desk duty and given counseling, and the department deemed the case resolved. Later in the year, though, O’Toole was made aware of troubling racial comments that Whitlatch made on her Facebook page in the aftermath of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. She said she was tired of “black peoples paranoia” and wrote of “chronic black racism that far exceeds any white racism in this country.”

In response, the Seattle Office of Professional Accountability launched a probe against Whitlatch, eventually finding that she had violated department policy in her arrest of Wingate. O’Toole signed off on that decision and filed the termination order Tuesday.

The police chief wrote in her decision that Whitlatch refused to take accountability for her actions in hearings on the incident.

“Considerable circumstantial evidence indicates that these deviations and your approach to the civilian were motivated by bias,” O’Toole wrote.

“Your inability to understand, even in hindsight, that your behavior was unnecessarily aggressive, an abuse of discretion, and negatively impacted the community’s confidence in this police service, offers me no pathway to confidence that your behavior will improve or change,” the decision continued. “Without this ability to learn from your mistakes, understand how you can improve and do better, and recognize your own errors, you are unable to effectively function as an officer.”

O’Toole also slammed the officer for assuming that officials mistreated her based on her race, noting that Whitlatch believed a black judge and black deputy chief dropped Wingate’s charges because she was white.

After Wingate’s arrest and during the hearings, Whitlatch denied any racial bias or misconduct.

The Seattle Police Department declined to comment further, telling The Huffington Post that Tuesday’s termination order “speaks for itself.”

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Celtics Great Bill Russell Detained At Airport For Carrying Loaded Gun

Things that make you go…Hmmmm…

 

Bill Russell detained at Seattle airport

 

 

Celtics legend Bill Russell was briefly detained and cited for bringing a loaded handgun into a Seattle airport in his carry-on bag on Wednesday night, officials said.

Perry Cooper, a spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area, and he was released to continue his travels after being detained for about 30 minutes. The gun was confiscated, Cooper said.

A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration said the loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson was detected during routine screening of carry-on luggage.

Russell was scheduled to fly to Boston. It was not clear if he boarded his intended flight or a later one.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Giant Negros

 

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Seattle Superhero Loses His Day Job

Can you imagine the Daily Planet firing Clark Kent?

Well – that is just what happened to Seattle “Superhero” Phoenix Jones…

Ben Fodor gained international attention walking around the streets of Seattle as Phoenix Jones Guardian of Seattle. Photo: AP Photo / SL

Phoenix Jones AKA Ben Fodor Has Been Cut From His Day Job Working With Autistic Children

Superhero Phoenix Jones out of work

Seattle’s self-proclaimed crime-fighting super hero is out of work Wednesday night.

He’s still fighting crime, but Phoenix Jones is no longer working for the state and he says kids are the ones who will be suffering.
Most of us know Phoenix Jones on the street, fighting crime and in the dark.  But his day job shows a much different character.
“I teach basic life skills to autistic children,” said Jones.  “Stuff like balancing a checkbook, if you want to go shopping at the mall, how to figure out how much money to spend, how to balance money for the entire month, how to survive with your autism that you have.”
Phoenix Jones has worked for DSHS for the past five years, until last week, when he got a letter from the state.
“It basically just said that effectively immediately, I was no longer able to work with disabled or autistic children,” said Jones.  ‘The reason is because I was put on a list of people who interject themselves into dangerous situations and some government agency put me on that list.”
It all stemmed from this incident last month when the masked superhero tried to break up a fight by dispersing a can of pepper spray on a crowd.  He was arrested for assault.  But no charges have been filed against him and Phoenix Jones says losing his job isn’t fair.
“I feel like it’s an unjust characterization of me. In five years I haven’t had one complaint from any of the people I’ve worked with,” said Jones.
Phoenix Jones says he’ll be patrolling the streets as a superhero during the day, until he can find a new job.  And he hopes that will be soon because he says he has a family to support.

 

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Giant Negros

 

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Phoenix Jones – Seattle “Superhero”?

There is a guy in Seattle who dresses up in a comic book superhero costume, and patrols the streets at night to “fight crime”.

A few days ago he was arrested by Seattle Police for pepper spraying some combatants in a street brawl.

He’s been doing this for a few years, and of course is controversial. This clip from a while ago…

Phoenix does not carry a gun, although he does carry pepper spray and a taser.

Let’s hope this guy doesn’t get himself shot.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Giant Negros

 

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How To Turn a $15 Ticket… Into Jail Time

This supposed example of “Police brutality” is flying across the WWW. To be brutally honest this officer would have been well within his rights to light these two up with a taser. As to the woman who got punched in the face – Shoving an officer trying to make an arrest?

There certainly are some cops out there who are out of control… Not sure this is one of them.

Cop Caught Punching a Girl in the Face

Seattle police are investigating two teenagers for allegedly assaulting an officer—even though a much-publicized video has surfaced in which said officer punches one of them, 17-year-old Angel Rosenthal, in the face. The incident, caught on the tape above, happened after officer Ian Walsh stopped Rosenthal and three other women for jaywalking. They were “verbally antagonistic towards the officer,” according to the official report, and one, 19-year-old Marilyn Levias, tried walking away.

Walsh tried to drag her back to the car, and, well, you can watch what happened next in the Komo News video above. Levias and Rosenthal were both arrested. Initially, Seattle police said the officer had acted appropriately, but after the video got widespread local media play, the department said it was not only reviewing the incident, but department training procedures, the Seattle Times reports. Officers are taught punching as an official tactic, one sergeant noted.

Yeah – that overhand right was a little weak…

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Security Guards?

WTF are these clowns “securing”?

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2010 in News

 

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Royal Canadian Mouted Police Pay Respects to Officers Killed In Washington

Over 1,000 Royal Canadian Mounted Police showed their respect for the 4 fallen officers killed two weeks ago near Seattle. An absolutely incredible outpouring of support for these officer’s families.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2009 in News

 

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