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King County Sheriff Spokesman Deflects Accusations of Police BrutalityTim King Salem-News.com
Thugs With Badges or Saviors of Society?
(SEATTLE, Wash.) - A Washington man remains in a coma after being tacked into a wall earlier this month by a deputy in King County, Washington. The deputy, 27-year old Matthew Paul, outweighed the man he smashed into a wall by nearly a hundred pounds.
The video in a KOMO TV report of the police "take down", shows the deputy pummel 29-year old Christopher Harris into a wall at an awkward off balance angle, as his neck is clearly bent forward from the force.
The video seems to indicate that driving the man into the wall after tackling him was the deputy's objective.
Harris, who worked at an Edmonds restaurant, was walking on a downtown Seattle sidewalk in "Belltown" when he was driven sideways and headfirst into the wall.
Video cameras are becoming an increasing pain in the rear for police in America, as they reveal a side of law enforcement that most people are convinced does not exist.
The reaction from some agencies and chiefs over similar situations, is to reign in the offending officers and clear them out of the ranks to ensure that mistakes aren't repeated.
Other agencies fight hard to defend the actions of the officer or deputy in question, and that appears to be the case in King County, Washington, based on statements made by the King County Sheriff's Office's John Urquhart.
"We look at this as a tragic accident, nothing more than that. When any of us come to work to begin our shift we don't plan on hurting anybody."
Harris became comatose as a result of the police take down on May 10th, and his family is not buying the story from the King County Sheriff's Office.
His step dad Todd Keeling, told a KOMO reporter "I have no idea why Chris ran, but I think it is a horrible incident that was totally unnecessary."
The attorney representing Harris seems convinced that tackling an innocent man who mistakenly identified into a wall with such a high degree of brutality, may amount to a serious crime, "We believe that the actions of Deputy Paul were at best horribly brutal and at worst criminal."
A common attitude among Americans is that if a police officer did it, whatever or however bad, it must have been justified.
It seems like one of the few things that agencies have left to bank on, as extremely large amounts of force continue to be applied to Americans in seemingly undeserving circumstances.
As the King County Sheriff's Office states publicly that the tragedy is "nothing more" than an accident, in the face of such clear video, Chris Harris remained comatose and in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Washington.
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