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September 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

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The dishonorable behavior of Bellevue off-duty police officers

A report that Bellevue off-duty police officers harassed a female Seattle police officer is disturbing.

Mike Carter on the news side reports that the Bellevue police department is investigating its officers' behavior, which took place outside CenturyLink Field before Sunday's Seahawks game. The Seattle officer saw one of them litter and told them to put it in a trash can. They taunted her, the report said. When supervisors arrived, they were also taunted and sworn at. An unnamed source told Carter that the Bellevue officers flashed their badges.

Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo has ordered an investigation and apologized to the officer.

It's not clear from the report the gender of the Bellevue police officers. Whether they were men or women, it's a problem when off-duty officers harass a police officer on duty.

The Bellevue police department's investigation should be conducted swiftly. If the allegations are true, appropriate discipline must also immediately follow. The officers should not contest punishment with lawyers and appeals. The Seattle police officer also deserves a personal apology from these officers. Let's hope they have enough honor for that.

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