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Police shut off dashcam, but forget audio, and lie about beating a suspect 

Two friends who had planned to visit a Seattle sports bar claim they
ended up being kicked, arrested at gunpoint and held in jail for several
hours by a cop who said he intended to "make stuff up."

Part of the arrest of Josh Lawson, 23, and Christopher Franklin, 22, on
Nov. 16, 2010 is caught on tape by the officer's dashboard camera.

But key moments of the arrest that should have been captured on video
are missing and it was unclear whether the officer intentionally
neglected to turn on the dash cam. None of the released footage shows
the officer in the moments he made the stop or kicked Lawson.

The accusations against Richardson are among many that have put a
spotlight on the Seattle Police Department and it comes after the
release of a Department of Justice report in December that said "serious
concerns about practices that could have a disparate impact on minority
communities" were raised by its review.

The recording of the arrest was released after ABC News affiliate KOMO began an investigation into missing police dashboard camera videos.

The recording of the arrest of Lawson and Franklin -- who were picked up
for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man a short time earlier --
shows the suspects being helped from the ground and into the patrol car
of Officer Brad Richardson.

The officer's uniform microphone also records Richardson telling the suspects, "Yeah, I'm going to make stuff up."

The Seattle Police Department called Richardson's comment "banter" and
the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a use of force review
was conducted, along with an investigation by the Seattle Police
Department's Office of Professional Accountability. "Clearly if the officer had made stuff up he would have been in hot
water," Sgt. Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Department told
ABCNews.com.

Lawson and Richardson said the dash cam did not record crucial moments
of the arrest that they said left them with facial bruises and swelling.
They claimed they were manhandled and kicked in the face by Richardson,
while the officer maintained that he only kicked Lawson in the chest to
make him comply with an order to get on the ground.

"I don't know who was recording what," Whitcomb told ABCNews.com. "Officers should record, [but] it's not a violation not to."

Lawson and Franklin, who are African-American, were arrested after a 911
call came in from a few blocks away alleging a man had been the victim
of an assult and robbery. The two suspects were described as black males
in their late twenties, tall, skinny and wearing jeans.

Franklin is 5-foot-9. Lawson, who is six feet tall. Instead of jeans, he was wearing white sweat pants.

"The only thing they had to fit the description was black males," said
the pair's attorney, Lizanne Padula. "This was like a meteor dropping
down on them."

When they found out why they were being arrested, the two men became alarmed.

"It felt like no one was going to believe us," Franklin told ABC News "We were just going to be another statistic."

Richardson's written report described a different situation. The officer
wrote in the police report that the men continued to approach his car
even after he yelled at them to stop.

"The male wearing the hoodie continued to keep his hands in his hoodie
pockets. With the strong possibility both of these males were the
assault suspects and they were ignoring commands to stop, I again
advised, 'Stop, Police, show me your hands and get on the ground.'"

According to Richardson, the two men got closer, so he drew his weapon.

Lawson said they complied with the officer's order.

"I got on the ground. I sat with my hands up frozen because I had a gun
pointed at me," Lawson said. "I had to come back into myself and
understand there was a gun on me. I was in shock."

Richardson said that Lawson stayed in a crouch position, not fully laying on the ground.

"I used a flat foot, front push kick to the center of the male chest knocking him backwards and flat to the ground," he wrote.

The robbery victim positively identified the two men, while a witness
said she was uncertain. No charges were filed at the victims' request. The two men want changes in the Seattle Police Department. They have
also filed a complaint for damages, possibly the first step in a
lawsuit.



"We're terrified of hanging out in our own city," Franklin said. "These
officers have seen our faces. They know our names. We can't trust
people."

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  • This has been happening for years and until the government akes a serious stand against these kind of officers , unfortunately it will only get worse. Hopefully the young man will collect 100 million or something like that for them to feel it.

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  • cops, doing what cops do.

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  • ummm there was no dash cam or audio mentioned. but he did get the crap beat out of him i see $$$$$ in his future

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  • fuckin' pigs!

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  • Happy birthday!
    The cops just wanted to wish you Happy Birthday.

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  • I prefer him with the "Predator" locks.

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    • @zionistareajoke

      Oh! Alors là c'est provocant. héhé. Tu n'as que ça à dire, PD ?

      Mille bites dans ta rélgion.

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    • @zionistareajoke

      Héhé.
      Est ce que tu voulais plutôt dire ceci ? :

      "Ma religion, oh là là là? Vas [vas] chercher ta pétasse de soeur. Les Algériens l'ont bel et bien enculée."

      Tu as du progrès à faire, petit con.

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  • grape soda?

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  • Why is it always about race.... geez. .maybe he didn't hear them say police.. maybe they didn't and they just wanted to talk when he kicked them because he thought he was being robbed.. *First thought..* it's about race *end of thought*

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  • NOT Seattle D-Bag

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  • I feel sorry for this honour student, but the criminal activities done by many ghetto lowlifes of his race also did contribute to what happened to this dude..so blame it on his community as well...just being realistic

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    • @myclips Sure, and you're probably white. Hitler was white. So we should kill you?

      Because...Hitler did a lot of bad stuff. And you look like him...

      Not trying to be racist here...but you DO have the exact same skin colour as him. You sure you don't have a LITTLE nazi in you?

      Better beat you up just to be sure.

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    • @Foxbattle
      Screw Hitler...he was an asshole, I'm just sayin that black community has contributed so much in violence & robbery instead of working hard and paying the taxes...why do you expect sympathy?

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    • @myclips u r an ass as well. Either that or just plain stupid. This sort of thing has been going on ever since, dont comment unless you know what you r talking about.

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    • @myclips Yeah, the "black community". Because they're a unity, and not individuals. All jews are the same as well, they should all be treated the same.

      And all whites look like Hitler, and they're all part of the "white community" so they all should receive exactly the same treatment.

      Is your skin colour the same as Hitlers?
      What do you have to say in your defense, as part of the "white community"?

      I'm really interested in your response, now what do you think sho More..

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    • @myclips

      The black community is the victim of the racist and injust criminal system in AmeriKKKa.

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  • AS a white cop who worked in the south. I can attest that there is racial profiling. Its not like it is portrayed in hollywood, but it does exist.
    With that being said, EVERY dope carrying thug that had a warrant or were driving drunk also claimed to be profiled...
    Its the first thing that come out of a guilty persons mouth. Always with the race card.
    I have worked with corny typical country boys who liked to use the n word and take advantage via abuse of their shiny badge. These were usually More..

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  • Miles was charged with assault........please......he "assaulted" the cops but ended up in a neck brace......what a crock of shit........once again we have racist police attacking an innocent black person because in the white mind all blacks are criminals......the "justice" system is both criminal and racist.............fuck the police and fuck the system!

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  • Although both interesting. What does the article of Lawson and Franklin have to do with Miles?

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    • @esauistheend Don't blame this shit on white people when it was clearly Bad Cops.

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  • The cops should not be given a option to turn off Video/Audio in the first palce. End that, float a petition to City Hall. That is a key area of corruption and evidence tampering.

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  • plain clothed officer...look just like citizens, therefore GTFO of there. So if I tell someone to stop, they should stop? The officers should be disciplined. It's like stopping for an unmarked police car at night. If it doesn't look like a police car....I ain't stopping. (i'm white and I actually support cops actions...but not for this story)

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  • @myclips

    The black community is the victim of the racist and injust criminal system in AmeriKKKa.........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgM5NAq6cGI

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    • @FatBastard_2010 The black community needs to Stop being so racist and become productive citizens, Stop criminal behavior!

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    • @zziper

      You need to grow up and get in touch with your own country's racist history.

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    • @rclark951

      Get the damn racist system changed which has to do with all of us who are currently living so none of us has to put up with this shit any longer.

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  • a honour student can't keep his pants up.. i wonder who selecting him as a honour student to be a sample to rest of the students? look at the pic on a tall chair, his jeans almost pulled down on his sitting position..

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