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Seattle police officer John Marion
As we’ve seen so many times in the past, the Seattle Police Department waited until all the media buzz died down before reducing the disciplinary action against a police officer for threatening a citizen for taking pictures of police in public.
But unlike in previous incidents where the local media ignores the decision, the citizen in question was none other than Dominic Holden, editor of the alternative weekly, The Stranger, who raised so much hell through his articles that he got a King County Sheriff’s deputy fired for also threatening him that day.
So Holden did what he does best when he learned about the police chief’s decision to discipline Seattle police officer John Marion with “training,” instead of a one-day suspension as was the original action against the officer.
He wrote about it, then bitched about it on Facebook. And that got the attention of the local television and newspaper reporters who made inquiries, including to the mayor.
At first, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray defended interim police chief Harry Bailey’s decision, telling reporters that it was for the better because “training” leads to “changing behavior,” not taking into account that perhaps they should train the officers before they hand them a badge and a gun.
But Holden did not buy into the typical political rhetoric that so many other reporters seem to buy into these days, so he called the mayor out during a press conference on Friday.
According to NBC News:
(Mayor) Murray is defending Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey, who reduced the penalty of Seattle Police Officer John Marion. Marion originally got a one-day suspension for threatening to harass Dominic Holden, who is a reporter and news editor for The Stranger newspaper. The punishment was changed to Marion being required to get more training.
“While this could be perceived as a lesser punishment under the current legal framework, Chief Bailey believes, and I support him, that the framework for this process is reflective of what is most constructive,” said the mayor. “Training. Changing behavior.”
The one-day suspension, Murray says, would not be as effective because Marion, or any other officer who is suspended, could use vacation pay to make up the hours and income he would’ve lost.
Holden says Marion was let off too easy, and argues that the officer …read more