Monday, March 02, 2009

Shocking pictures of US police goon 'assaulting 15-year-old girl in cell'

US prosecutors have released video footage of a sheriff's deputy kicking a 15-year-old girl, pulling her hair and throwing her onto a cell floor. The surveillance video was released in the assault case against Deputy Paul Schene, who is accused of using excessive force on the girl. Schene, 31, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault on Thursday.

The incident last November began after the girl was brought in for a car 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, it's criminal misconduct,' King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg said. 'This is clearly excessive force.' Schene was investigated previously for shooting two people - killing one - in the line of duty in 2002 and 2006. Both times his actions were found to be justified, said Ian Goodhew, prosecutor's deputy chief of staff.

Calls to Schene's lawyer, Anne Bremner, were not immediately returned Friday. However, she 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. 'As we argued to the judge, it will inflame public opinion and will severely impact the deputy's right to a fair trial,' Bremner said.

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. According to court documents, the girl complained of breathing problems after the incident and medics were called to check her. A short time later, she was taken to a youth detention centre and booked for investigation of auto theft and third-degree assault, the latter accusation dealing with her conduct toward the deputy. The girl has pleaded not guilty to taking a motor vehicle without permission, and was never formally charged with assault.

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.

Original report here

Video at link above

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1 comment:

Harry Rag said...

Anne Bremner has vigorously campaigned for the release of Amanda Knox - a sadistic sex killer. She has repeatedly misled the media and the public with a number of false claims.

She may be able to suppress the truth about what happened when she was arrested by blocking the release of the investigative reports and video. However, she won't be able to suppress the truth about Amanda Knox.

Judge Massei's 427- page report will be published in English on Monday 9 August. It will be available for download from PMF and TJMK.