Seattle's Finest Police Security and Traffic Control, established in 2002, provides off-duty police to work as security and flaggers to local businesses in the Seattle area. Off-duty police officers agree to work such jobs and are paid by the hour.
The suit filed July 26 says the city government recently denied Raleigh Evans, an 18-year Seattle police officer and co-owner of Seattle's Finest, permission to continue his work scheduling security officers for CenturyLink events, despite his long-running work doing so.
In the lawsuit, Evans claimed the city is trying to acquire the work of arranging security and traffic control work for CenturyLink Field and has underhandedly denied permits to off-duty police in an attempt to restrict competition.
Seattle police officers are required to apply for secondary work permits to perform paid work outside the department, such as Seattle's Finest.
However, the city denied Evans' February permit renewal after having routinely approved it in the past. According to Evans' lawsuit, the city claimed Evans' "skill set is not well-suited" for scheduling work.
The suit alleges the city denied a similar permit request to another police officer performing scheduling work for CenturyLink on behalf of Seattle's Finest. He seeks a court order restricting the city's intervention in his work and monetary compensation for emotional distress.
The City Attorney's Office declined to comment on the case.