Seattle officer rolls bike over protester’s head in viral video
A Seattle police officer is now under investigation and on administrative for rolling his bike on a protester's head
A police officer in Seattle, Washington ran his bike over the head of someone lying in the street during a Breonna Taylor protest on Wednesday.
The Seattle Police Department has not yet confirmed the name of the officer or the victim but are well aware of videos that have surfaced showcasing the incident and have received over 30 complaints.
The grainy video was originally captured on Facebook Live according to Buzzfeed. The clip shows an officer walking his bike over the head of a man wearing a helmet. The officer rolls the first tire over the man’s head and then follows up with the second tire. Next, a line of officers are seen charging towards protesters.
In another video obtained by Buzzfeed from Joey Wieser, he can be heard saying, “That officer ran over that person’s head with their bicycle wheel.”
The incident is currently being investigated and the unnamed officer has been placed on administrative leave. “This matter will be referred to the Office of Police Accountability for further investigation,” said Seattle police in a statement.
OPA director Andrew Myerberg said the King County Sheriff’s Office’s civilian-led Office of Police Accountability is investigating “potential violations of SPD policy, as well as potential criminal conduct,” to the Seattle Times on Thursday.
Protests sparked all over the nation after it was announced that the former officer Brett Hankison of Louisville will not be charged in the death of Taylor. The unarmed 26-year-old was killed while in her home in March after police executed a botched no knock raid. Hankison will only be charged for firing bullets in an open area.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were not charged for their alleged involvement in Taylor’s death.
Seattle officers claim they had been assaulted in the demonstrations by protesters who have thrown rocks and bottles. They say about 13 protestors were arrested and several officers were injured.
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