But criminal defense attorney James Egan never expected the city would preemptively sue him just for asking for police dash cam video.
Wait, the city is suing him for requesting public records. Well maybe he was just pestering them with BS requests.
The situation involves two cases Egan handled pro bono. He believed the videos in each case show officer misconduct. Egan wanted to know if those officers had other questionable arrests, so he asked for 36 additional dash-cam videos.
Seattle PD is arguing that they are caught in the privacy law, what fails me though is these videos are a matter of public record. There are admissible in court as evidence. The only reason I know of privacy laws being involved is if the victim has been sexually assaulted. But then we see the real motivation behind these efforts. It has nothing to do with protecting the privacy of the public and everything to do with protecting their corrupt police officers.
The city argues it doesn’t have to release any videos for three years. That also happens to be when the statute of limitations runs out for suing the city and, as a KOMO News investigation discovered, it is also when dash-cam videos are routinely erased from the system.
Wonder why they don’t have to release videos until after the statute of limitations? Could it be a game of cover your ass kids? Remember this is the same department who shot someone in the back. This also isn’t their first rodeo in the count either. Three or more times is enemy action.
State Sponsored Criminal Count 234: Pete Holmes
Because when an officer beats someone, hold on to the video and delay it until it no longer matters.
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Many know his private name and information however due to the current political climate, many are distancing themselves due to the abandonment of Due Process.
What the heck is up with that PD?
I don’t know, but notice they got an honorable mention and thus were back to back today.