MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

Watch: Seattle Police release body cam video that led to officer charged with assault

Seattle Police released new body cam video on Tuesday, showing the arrest that led to an officer being charged with misdemeanor assault. The officer, identified as Martin J. Harris, could face up to a year in jail or a $5,000 fine if convicted, said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. (Photo: Still image from Seattle Police video)

SEATTLE - Seattle Police released new body cam video on Tuesday, showing the arrest that led to an officer being charged with misdemeanor assault.

The officer, identified as Martin J. Harris, could face up to a year in jail or a $5,000 fine if convicted, said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.

According to the court file in the case, Harris and a second officer were dispatched in response to a report of a man yelling and pacing outside First United Methodist Church, 180 Denny Way, on the afternoon of March 5.

WATCH: ***VIDEO WARNING*** Video contains graphic language, viewer discretion is advised. Seattle Police release body camera video of March 5, 2018 arrest.

After arriving at the scene, Harris began talking with a man who matched the description in the dispatch report. When the man refused to show Officer Harris his ID, Harris began using force against the man, court documents say.

According to the case file, Harris first grabbed the man's arm, then tried to take him to the ground while yelling, "Don't bite me!" He then slugged the man twice in the right eye with his fist, court documents say.

The man was then taken into custody and booked into the King County Jail.

Later, the Seattle Office of Police Accountability received a complaint and requested that the arrest be reviewed.

A detective reviewing the case found evidence that Harris did not have probable cause for the arrest.


close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending