A King County, Washington police officer has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault after a judge agreed to the release of a video showing a 15-year-old girl being thrown against a wall, beaten and picked up by her hair.
A county prosecutor told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer the violent behavior should be considered "criminal misconduct," concluding "he should be prosecuted."
Captured November 29, 2008 in a SeaTac City Hall holding cell, the clip was released over the objections of Deputy Paul Schene's attorney, who insists it does not "tell the whole story."
The girl and another 15-year-old female were arrested on suspicion of auto theft. The vehicle they were allegedly driving belonged to the victim's parents.
According to an analysis of court documents by Seattle's KIROTV, "Schene described the girl as 'overtly belligerent,' and said she made personal attacks toward
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