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Seattle Police Tried to Hide This Footage - Now Released

Watch Full Uncut Video, plus Short Version and Slo-Mo: Police have just publicly released the video after Leo Etherly and his attorneys alleged Seattle police were trying to keep the footage hidden from the public.

Etherly was bruised and black-eyed during his Oct. 6. arrest in connection with a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist several blocks away.

Seattle police said Etherly was uncooperative and spat on the arresting officer; however, King County prosecutors have declined to file charges.

Etherly said he was first choked then knocked out while being detained by three police officers, first on the hood of a patrol car and later on the ground.

"Mr. Etherly was really injured from this. He has permanent partial blindness. He has split vision -- double vision, which will probably be permanent," said his attorney, James Egan.

First amendment attorney Jim Lobsenz, who is also representing Etherly, said the footage "clearly shows (officers) choking and punching (Etherly) for no reason."

But Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the officers use of force was in response to the man's resistance.

"The officer's trying to have a physical control over the man's arm, but he doesn't want to be held by the officer," he said. "They made efforts to use a minimal, very unintrusive amount of force to de-escalate the situation, to calm things down."

Etherly, on the other hand, was acting aggressively, Whitcomb said.

"Ultimately, you may as well punch someone if you spit on them," he said. "And the idea is it's assaultive behavior to officers who are doing their job, who are trying to place someone in custody."

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against Etherly in both the hit-and-run case and the alleged assault case involving Etherly spitting on the officer.

Whitcomb said the department's Office of Professional Accountability is reviewing the use of force in the incident, including the officer's placement of his hand on the detained man's neck.

Prior to its release, Etherly and his attorneys claimed police were trying to hide dash cam footage of the incident after police failed to respond to Etherly's Oct. 10 request to obtain a copy of it. He has a right to request that footage under the city's own policy, which states "...any person who is shown in police dash camera video has an absolute right to request and receive video depicting their incident at any time."

One of Etherly's attorneys had been given a copy, but Seattle police warned Egan not to share it publicly as doing so could cost him his license.

Late Monday, Seattle police released a brief statement stating Egan had already received a copy of the footage for his own use, but will get another copy through the Public Records Act when the department's process is completed.

Seattle Police Punch, Choke Man; Dash cam video of Beating

Video released by the Seattle Police Department on Tuesday confirms that an officer delivered a violent punch to a suspect's face in October while he was pinned to the hood of a patrol car.

Video from the Oct. 6 incident shows hit-and-run suspect Leo Etherly refusing to give his name to Seattle Police Officer Eric Faust.

When Etherly allegedly resists being handcuffed, Faust places his hands on the suspect's throat and then pins him to the hood of the police cruiser as two other officers hold his arms. At one point, Etherly seems to spit in the direction of the officer and Faust responds by pounding his fist into the side of the man's face.

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Added: Nov-29-2012 Occurred On: Nov-28-2012
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  • So the guy knocked down a bicyclist and then drove off, and later resisted arrest when stopped by the police? So what's the issue here?

    He ought to get at least 1 year for being a freaking idiot.

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  • Had this happened in China everyone would be like "boo communist totalitarian pigs boo". This happens in the US, "Yay! Serves you right punk".

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    • @cbravo Couldn't have said it better my self, people are that stupid.

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    • @cbravo
      What kind of punishment will you recieve if you would criticize the state?

      I know you are payed by write here and they see what you write, but do you dare to critizise your government here if you are asked to do so?:)

      It is obvious what your purpose is here when we look at your channel, so don't deny the fact that you have an agenda here. We are not stupid.

      So tell me - is everything great over there?

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    • @Michael89 The people love the goverment
      I get paid 50 mao per post
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent_Party

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    • @cbravo

      Nobody really gives a shit what happens to the Chinese. If a motorist knocks down a bicyclist/pedestrian in China, then gets beaten up by the cops for it...win win.

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  • How was this being hidden? Seriously, this has been online for over a week. This is the same guy that spit at the officers and bit the officer that was forcefully covering his mouth?

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  • cops: "Yeah were going to hurt you and then when you resist we're going to arrest you! Fuck Yeah what a rush, my week sucked!"

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  • Watching the first video I thought it was just wrong.... then the second and third video totally justifies the use of that force. The guy was an idiot and wanted attention, he got it. We never really know whats happening in these short clips of cops beating people up until you watch the whole thing. Then 9 out of 10 times you see the justification.

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  • Well, I think we have to take everything into consideration. Let's not forget what got him in this situation to begin with.

    First, he hit a cyclist on a bike and did not stay and help or offer assistance.

    Secondly, he left the scene with no regard to the cyclist he hit.

    Thirdly, he acts like some kind of tough guy and refuses to give his name.

    Fourthly, he commits an illegal assault by spitting on a police officer.

    Lastly, he whines like a baby when police serve him with justice. I'm not s More..

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    • @PhotoExpert

      1.) you can't prove he hit a cyclist.

      2.) see 1.)

      3.) you would too if you were accused of something you did not commit.

      4.) they were twisting his neck and effectively chocking him

      5.) He had two "police officers" holding his hands while another violently hit him in the face with no way to defend himself.

      .... But hey, please don't look at things from a none bias perspective or anything. You were there and saw this obnoxious criminal commit the offence after all.

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    • @th3illusiveman

      1.) He was black-eyed before the police showed up

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    • @th3illusiveman Thats the american way ;-)

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    • @th3illusiveman Hey, I hear what you are saying. But obviously, you did not or can not read. I stated, and I quote myself, "I'm not saying if the officer's action is right or wrong."

      Yes, he had two police officers holding him down. So what? He was still resisting and in every state in the land that I know of, spitting is assault. So he continued to resist arrest by spitting and at that point, the officer could stop that action. He did! But like I said, that will work itself. If it is More..

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  • Fuck criminals fuck drug dealers. If you support them Ummm fuck you

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  • US cops are worse than nazi officers.

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  • Shouldn't hit and run then. Wonder how the bicyclist is doing.

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  • He's innocent until proven guilty. But, he was a suspect of a driving citation and then acting suspicious refused detainment/arrest and assault with bodily fluids lol. Pretty guilty behaivior if you ask me.

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  • Howcome that on police officer is so FAT? Do they really have that FAT police officers in 'murica?

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  • blacks have it rough, stupid single parents, living in bad neighborhoods, bad friends, bad school, bad role models (rappers) showing their fancy cars, cash, jewellery, vicious cycle repeats itself over and over...

    EDUCATION IS KEY !!!

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  • 1. He resist and tells them not to touch him.

    2. Define Choke: Have severe difficulty in breathing because of a constricted or obstructed throat or a lack of air... seems he is breathing and talking fine... I don't see any choking.

    3. I am tired of cops getting shit talked because some punk, dead beat American can't respect them. The cops ask him to turn around and put his hands behind his back. He refuses.

    This could of ended better if the guy just did what they asked.

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  • spitting on cops is a no no
    one ass kicking coming right up

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  • Whatever the man did, this is pure police violence. Another sample of a totally stressed out cop behaving terrible wrong.

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    • @Sam1992

      Of course he is, so the last thing the police should do is behaving like a gang banging drug scumbag.

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  • He hit and run a bicyclist. He got what he deserved. Hopefully his blindness will keep him from getting a drivers license in the future. My thanks to the Seattle Police Department.

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    • @3239DeepDive
      Hey DD, If he hit a bicycleist why didn't they charge him?? Some day it will be you. I wanna hear you say "I deserved it"

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    • @hgoldschmidt
      I'll say it now. If I break the law and become belligerent to law enforcement officers, then I deserve an ass whoop-in. The problem is that the United States is becoming a victim society and nobody wants to accept the consequences of their own actions and poor choices. I mouthed off once to someone I knew could beet my ass. He did, and I deserved it.

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    • @3239DeepDive Due process is established in the fifth and fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution. If you support government officials that do not submit to the constitution, you are unpatriotic and do not deserve to be proud of your country( hope you are not).

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  • I don't see anything wrong here. He got out of a stolen vehicle, he resisted and they got him in cuffs. It could have been a lot worse. Ask Rodney.

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  • If he hit and injured a person and drove away. He deserve more then a punch to the face.

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  • The first two cops seemed to be handling the situation well, but the third cop needs to be tested for steroids. He is out of control.

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  • As I'm reading the comments I realize, that if this were a white man, everyone would be saying how horrible this cop is. But because it's a black guy, everyone is reinforcing the cops actions. Not an opinion - it's just a fact from several hundred observations over the years. Sad. It's days like this where I'm sad to be a white person.

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    • @butter TRUE!!!!

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    • @butter That's not true.

      Here in the States, there are MILLIONS of white guys who act JUST like this black guy acted. The whole "thug" attitude is VERY common among whites now. Those who support the cops in this case wouldn't feel any different if the perp had been a wigger.

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    • @Northlander Actually Northlander, it is true. And the proof is on this site and many others. Listing out specific events however would be a waste of my time as I have more important things to do than dispute the fact I stated in the OP.

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    • @butter No it isn't. Come live in the States for a while. You'll find out that the average American enjoys seeing a thug get what he deserves - regardless of the thug's race.

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    • @Northlander I've lived in the states since I was 9. I am 22 now. So yes, I know what goes on in America.

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  • Taken out of context, it looks horrible. But when the whole thing is shown, the douche deserved it. You don't spit at people. So what if he has permanent vision. If he had aids and got that shit on the cop, he could have infected the cop too.

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  • Ye reap what ye sow. He spat in the cops face ffs.

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  • I Raise your Spit call my Elbow to the Jaw

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