And here we have example #5,927,834 of a police officer lying in a police report. A cop in Seattle arrested an elderly black man using a golf club as a crutch while walking down the street. She claimed that he was swinging the club at her, but the dashcam video showed nothing of the sort.
A white Seattle officer should be fired for biased and improper policing after she arrested an elderly black man using a golf club as a cane during a walk last summer, the director of a police watchdog group said on Tuesday.
The Office of Professional Accountability found Seattle patrol officer Cynthia Whitlatch engaged in biased policing, among other policy violations, when she arrested William Wingate, now 70, last July, the group’s civilian director Pierce Murphy said.
“After careful review and consideration of all the evidence, I recommended that the Chief of Police sustain the allegations and end the involved officer’s employment,” said Murphy…Wingate, a military veteran who requires a cane to walk, was using the golf club as a crutch, according to court papers. His arrest sparked protests. Charges against Wingate were dropped after his arrest and the police department has apologized.
The lawsuit says Whitlatch lied when she alleged he swung the golf club at her. Nowhere in a roughly seven-minute police dashboard camera video can he be seen swinging the club.
A police officer familiar with the ongoing investigation declined to discuss the matter in detail but said Whitlatch was notified on Monday she faces possible termination.
What are the odds that the officer would even have taken a second glance at an old white man using a golf club to help him walk? Slim to none, and slim just left. The more cases we see of video footage proving that cops lied on police reports, the more obvious it becomes that the deference juries and the public give to testimony from police officers is entirely unwarranted.