The Seattle Times is reporting that the City of Seattle is shelling out $195,000 in a lawsuit concerning police behavior at a 2011 Columbia City house party on South Dakota Street. Mike Carter reports:
The city has agreed to pay $195,000 to settle a federal civil-rights lawsuit filed by five people who claimed Seattle police roughed them up at a rowdy 2011 Columbia City housewarming party in which one officer reportedly waded into a crowd swinging a garden shovel, gashing a man’s head.
Three of the partygoers were arrested and spent three days in jail while a detective attempted to “rush-file” felony-assault charges against them. In seeking the charges, one of the officers, David Bauer, wrote that he was the victim of an assault by a partygoer who swung a shovel at him.