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More Trouble for Seattle PD - Brutality Video Released

Police have released video of an arrest in which an officer of the Seattle PD has assaulted a member of the public, of which an internal investigation into the assault continues. Both the short and long versions of the video have been uploaded. The incident occurs a little after the 06:30 mark of the long video.

An “excessive force” complaint has been filed with the Seattle Police Department over the arrest of an 18-year-old man in December 2010 in which Seattle police officers are seen on dash-cam video throwing the man onto the hood of a car and one punches the man in the face.

On December 29, 2010, a white Seattle Police officer, Larry Longley, punched Isaac Ocak multiple times after grabbing Mr. Ocak's face. Larry Longley claimed that Isaac bit him. You decide if this is true or if Mr. Longley made that claim to justify assaulting Mr. Ocak.

The Seattle Police Department said the man had bit the officer’s finger hard enough to break the skin and the officer punched him to get him to release the finger. The incident started, according to police, because the man, Isaac Ocak, had left a car running outside of a department store in Westwood Village in West Seattle and a patrol officer was concerned it might be a robbery or a shoplifting incident in progress.

As the patrol officer was investigating the car, an irritated Ocak returned and asked what the officers were doing.
This altercation occurred outside a west Seattle, Washington Mall. Mr. Ocak had left his car locked and running while returning some items inside alleged mall. When he came outside a group of white police officers were waiting for him.

It is alleged Officer Longley made reference to Mr. Ocak having too many keys on his key chain, which he deemed suspicious behaviour. After Officer Larry Longley punched Isaac multiple times, numerous officers detained him and pushed him to the ground.

Initially, after this incident, Seattle authorities charged Mr. Ocak with assualt after alleging he bit Larry Longley. Later these charges were dropped. However, no charges have been filed against any Seattle police since this incident took place.

Police Response to the Release of the Video

The Seattle Police Department opened an internal investigation Friday into the 2010 arrest of a 20-year-old man who was punched by an officer after police stopped to question him about leaving his car running outside a store.

Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the department already has reviewed the incident twice, with the officer's commanders and an assistant chief concluding no violations of law or department policy occurred when four officers took Isaac Ocak to the pavement after learning he had a prior felony conviction and had been tagged in the department's computer as being "assaultive to officers." However, the department could not provide an incident in which Ocak had ever been so.

At the time, Ocak was being questioned and was not under arrest, according to police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. The incident escalated when Ocak resisted the officers' attempts to handcuff him for flight and officer-safety reasons, Whitcomb said.

Whitcomb said Ocak had left his car running while parked outside a store — a common ploy used by shoplifters.

The incident will now be reviewed by the department's Office of Professional Accountability to determine whether excessive force was used during the arrest.

Ocak was left bloodied after being slugged twice in the face by Officer Larry Longley and taken hard to the ground by Longley and three other officers outside Westwood Village on Dec. 29, 2010, in West Seattle. Although officers eventually determined Ocak had not committed any crime at the shopping center, he was later charged with assaulting an officer after he allegedly bit Longley's finger during the incident.

The charges were dismissed by the Seattle City Attorney's Office after prosecutors reviewed the video, which was recorded by Longley's dashboard camera.

The video shows the officer repeatedly ordering Ocak to keep his hands on the hood of the police car and rudely dismissing Ocak's questions and explanations. At one point, after the officer questioned him about the number of keys on his key ring, Ocak complained, "Why are you being so rude to me?"

Longley responded: "I don't have to be nice to you."

Whitcomb conceded that Longley's abrasive demeanor likely fell short of the department's new community policing credo of "Listening and Explaining with Equity and Dignity," but added that Longley was being a good, proactive police officer.

And once Ocak bit the officer — even though it appears Longley put his hand in Ocak's mouth during the struggle — the officer was justified in throwing the punches. "He didn't know if it was intentional or not," Whitcomb said.

The four officers struggled with Ocak for several minutes before getting him under control.

The City Attorney's Office dismissed the assault charge filed against Ocak because of the question over whether Ocak intended to bite the officer.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Mills said the chief of the office's criminal division brought the video and the officer's actions to the attention of OPA last month, although it was not considered a formal complaint and did not trigger the investigation.

Whitcomb said the department received a formal complaint on Friday. Ocak's attorney, Seattle lawyer James Egan, said he filed it.

Egan has also filed a $100,000 claim on behalf of Ocak against the city, the first step toward filing a federal civil-rights claim.

Whitcomb said the video, and the officer's gruff and dismissive treatment of Ocak, "probably wouldn't be a good example" of a textbook citizen interaction.

"But I would remind you that it's 2013, and we've come a long way in those two years" toward addressing community concerns over police accountability, including the ongoing implementation of the department's "20/20" plan to adopt 20 reforms in 20 months.

The department has found itself under a court-enforced consent decree after a Department of Justice investigation that ended in December 2011 that the SPD routinely uses excessive force, most often against minorities and individuals in crisis.

It specifically criticized the department for misusing or misunderstanding the law around so-called "Terry Stops" — brief detentions while an officer investigates a possible crime — like the one the officers used to justify questioning Ocak. The DOJ also criticized SPD officers for escalating routine incidents into confrontations that require the use of force.

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Added: Jan-6-2013 Occurred On: Dec-29-2010
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  • I always relax when someone is choking me...

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    • @doc92 haha yea seriously running out of oxygen is probably the single scariest and least calm feeling on the planet

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    • @doc92 I'm even more relaxed and less inclined to look for witnesses when I hear an officer tell me that 'they' are recording everything...

      Police videos are never tampered with and are always accessed per request...

      The officer was out of line, period. Calling him a retard for asking witnesses to stay around is grounds for defemation and I sure as hell hope he presses charges.

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    • @doc92 do u always fight when the police attempt to gain compliance out of u?

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    • @Tommydukes I agree, All these videos of people getting 'abused' by police, i dont understand why people PUT themselves in this situation by being smartalecs or whatever. got nothing to hide then comply.

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    • @citizenreal
      To your surprise officer madreno of roselle park police department knows how to tampered the video evidence in his brand new charger. In the year 2011 and 2012 no videos were ever made available by the this particular officer and still judge carries on without video evidence, know well that the officer madreno has been tampering with video camera. Believe it or not corruption is at the highest level ever since 2000.

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  • My first thought was some punk ass sag'n paints bitch. After watching I think these cops suck at their job. These cops escalated this situation rather than calming it down. They knew where they wanted to take it from the beginning.

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  • You put your leather gloves on the guys face/mouth then complain you're getting bitten?

    Give me a break..

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  • Are you fn shitting me. Kid left his car running. Show me that law he broke. He said Sir about 50 times. Whatch the second video. I was Military Police half my life. These cops are Power hungry trouble makers. Public servants my ass. More like I got my underwere pulled over my head in highschool so now I am going to screw with everyone. These cops need some classes on IPC skills. Seems like they were messin with him till he lost his patience. If that was me I would have been arrested in the firs More..

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    • @shaneexarmy I agree, leaving your car running unoccupied does not seem like a crime. However, around the 4:10 mark, I think the cop says that he is being detained for suspicion, which could maybe be derived from that fact that he got into a running car making it seem like he stole it possibly? The report mentions "Too many keys" which is just an excuse.

      The guy should have just let the cops detain him and then file a lawsuit which he would have won. Cops acted unprofessional.

      But More..

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    • @Ragadagdingdong

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    • @Ragadagdingdong Detain they did for a good 5 minutes. Also. Suspicion of what? Leaving your car running. When Police detain someone they are suppossed to say what crime your are suspected of committing. To many keys? give me a break. Harrasment that is all.

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  • Relax, you are being audio and video recorded, fucking relax...??? you are being arrested because you are resisting arrest...WTF what am I missing?

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    • @sharon12 Yeah, you are being placed under arrest, for what charge you may ask? Why, resisting arrest.

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    • @sharon12 Resisting is the catch all charge the cops use when the have nothing else, just bull shit. Resisting comes down to your word and that of the cops. Isn't it strange how so many charges of resisting get filed, but so often when a camera is on and the video discovered, the resisting and other charges vanish. Isn't that fucking strange!!!

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  • LOL @ the cop putting his fingers in the guys mouth and then punching him after the guy "bit" him.

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  • Police officers know they are being recorded and yet they show that they are assholes .Its quite obvious that they are protected and 90 % of the time there will be nothing more than a slap on the wrist .

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  • When this starts to go down just constantly repeat, "i am not resisting, i am not resisting" And then of course make sure that you aren't resisting in anyway. Unless you enjoy a mouth full of concrete. We can't beat the cops on the street but we sure can beat them in the courtroom.

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  • There's such a fine line between excessive force & resisting arrest, it's almost impossible to know who's at fault here.

    Unless you were on site, and witnessed the entire altercation.

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    • @bobbycobb Exactly, they need to charge him or let him go.

      This is a tactic seattle PD use all the time, they harass people in low income areas CONSTANTLY until they provoke a reaction, in most cases the charge ALONE is resisting arrest! How can you resist and arrest with no charge?

      And people actually defend these goverment drone welfare receiving cunts, fuck the seattle police department, 100 %.

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  • Any cop who acts like this needs to be fired, period. He is the sole reason this escalated, it should have been over as soon as the kid said he was returning some stuff and they made sure he had no merchandise on him. Shame on the police department for defending his actions, he should be fired immediately.

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    • @travy1121 The entire seattle PD needs to be culled and replaced.

      Trust me as a resident here I can speak from experience, the seattle PD behave like children and the only people who support them are little spoiled kids from right wing families.

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    • @watchyoursix1 They are clearly out of control. They decided they were going to arrest him the moment he confronted them and made a mockery of our law by actually doing it. Not to mention the lies they put in their reports. Now tax payers have to pay for the kids civil suit, thousands of dollars because a kid left his car running outside a store, all while the cop is on a paid vacation as an internal investigations is carried out. How much investigating do they need to do? Appears to me that it More..

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    • @watchyoursix1
      As a Seattle resident you're aware of the pricks Seattle residents tend to be.

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  • I feel like half the time it is the cops who escalate the situation, then yell "STOP RESISTING" to justify it

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  • Der Gestapo

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  • First viewing says he deserved the treatment. Cop was totally professional.

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    • @ClearMud
      Watch the second video and you see how a normal guy gets in trouble although he didn't do anything wrong, complied to the officers who were rude from the beginning.

      These officers would be perfect Gestapo employes.

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  • "When he came outside a group of white police officers were waiting for him."

    Stopped reading the description right there.

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  • So why do four, well-armed, fully grown men require a lone citizen, a much smaller one, to press his face against the hood of a car to close chains around his wrists?

    Some would argue he was resisting "arrest" but what you can see him resisting is not arrest...
    But being bent-over a car by some dudes.

    Those "dudes" were not out simply to put cuffs on a suspect under their complete control, but have their way with him.

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  • I think the main thing here is that the cops drug things out way too long just trying to find a reason for an arrest. He quickly explained what happened but they were like whatever, put your hands on the car. Then the cop starts talking down to him that he doesn't listen? Then makes a big thing out of having too many house keys. wtf? They could have taken care of it in 5 or 10 minutes but seemed to forget why they were called in the first place.

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  • he deserved to be kicked around like a pair of empty overalls.
    this is whats wrong nowadays the police need to get fucking tough with these young bastards and lock them up for a few years with blank walls and time to think about being a good citizen.
    all these fucking do gooders that moan and protect these criminals are the first ones bleating like a lamb when their kids head gets blown off in a school shooting, (shoulda been more protection they cry)
    if you are under arrest and you have did not More..

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  • Go read the police report, this kid was stoned, left the car running with the window part way down to air it out, he also had drugs on his person.

    Go read the police report Ocak-Officer-Longley-Report

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  • i hate cops, but i hate shit kids too. i'm siding with the cops on this one. whiney little bitch kid

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  • They escalated it intentionally. I was once charged with assaulting police for a 4cm scratch on an officer's shin he obtained by kicking shit out of me.

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  • what the fuck.......those cops need to be arrested.

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  • A mess that escalates into an assault.

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    • @vikingslayer

      You and I both, bro. Cops treating young people like criminals until those kids grow up SMARTER than the cops themselves and they wonder why people hate them so much.

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