A Black law-enforcement advocacy group criticized prosecutors for filing an assault charge against an African-American Seattle cop involved in an off-duty brawl, while not charging two white Seattle officers who stomped on a prone Latino suspect in another incident.
The Seattle Times Reports:
The decision by the City Attorney’s Office to charge Officer Garth Haynes “is demonstrative of the disparate treatment” that African Americans routinely encounter in the criminal-justice system, the Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington said in a statement issued Monday.
Haynes was charged last week with fourth-degree misdemeanor assault for stomping on the head of a man who had been handcuffed by officers responding to the brawl outside a Ballard bar in December. While not condoning Haynes’ actions, the association accused the City Attorney’s Office of not “approaching these type of cases in a fair and consistent manner.”