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May 11, 2010 at 4:01 PM

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Racially charged beating of detainee spurs investigation

Posted by Letters editor

No longer true to the blue

The video of Shandy Cobain caught at his worst is the most painful example of what an officer should never be [“Uproar over video: cop kicks, swears at detainee,” page one, May 8]. Seeing this footage has been damaging on many levels because this has happened too many times in recent years.

I remember hearing of the Microsoft employee who could have died after a police officer tased her for being unresponsive. Her head slumped onto her car’s steering wheel. She wasn’t drunk — she had fallen into diabetic shock.

My friend was pulled over four years ago for resembling a skinhead. He was hauled in for “resisting arrest” when he used the F-word after feeling an officer’s boot on the side of his head, his face scraped against the pavement. He wasn’t drunk — just bald.

Police officers are here to protect me, yet I don’t feel safe.

What was caught on tape chipped away at the trust I have carried toward the blue uniform. It insults my memories of my friend, Brian DiBucci, who loved being an officer and eventually gave his life in that uniform.

I do not trust the Seattle police anymore. We need to ask the men in blue who serve Seattle and King County: “Is this what you want? Is it?” Answer me.

— Jacquie Montez, Seattle

‘Standard procedure’ claims need review by citizen board

The Seattle police are going to face an uphill battle persuading the public that insulting and stomping innocent young Latinos is not standard procedure and that it was “just a coincidence” that a photographer with a microphone was nearby.

If it does turn out to be standard procedure, the police leadership should be held accountable —not the beat cops. In either case, an independent citizen board of inquiry must be convened by the mayor to resolve this disgraceful incident.

— Jim White, Lake Forest Park

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