A criminal investigation in Seattle is underway after a police officer was recorded on video appearing to roll over a person’s head with his bike during a demonstration early Thursday morning in the wake of the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision, authorities said.
In a declaration Thursday, the Seattle Office of Authorities Responsibility, or OPA, said authorities investigators responded to the event soon prior to 3 a.m. and referred the case to the OPA after recognizing possible offenses of police department policy and criminal conduct.
After conducting interviews and examining a video of the occurrence, which happened in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, the OPA asked the King County Sheriff’s Workplace to release a criminal examination.
The OPA is independent and examines cases of potential authorities misbehavior.
The Seattle Cops Department said in a declaration that the officer, who has not been determined, has been placed on administrative leave.
In an earlier statement, the department stated that officers utilized tear gas and pepper balls after some in the crowd tossed rocks, bottles and an explosive towards officers on Wednesday night. Several officers were hurt, the department said, consisting of one whose helmet was allegedly cracked with a baseball bat.
Prior to midnight, police bought protesters to disperse. Roughly 15 minutes later, officers stated the demonstration unlawful.
At 1:30 a.m., the guy who recorded the occurrence, Joey Wieser, said that approximately 300 protesters remained in a location as soon as house to what was referred to as the city’s “Capital Hill organized demonstration zone,” or SLICE. The commune-like area was occupied by protesters after authorities deserted the East Precinct in early June and it stayed there until July 1, when authorities cleared the area under orders from Mayor Jenny Durkan.
In the video, Wieser said that 60 officers in tactical gear began bearing down those who stayed on Capitol Hill. Moments later, as numerous police officers on bikes began riding down the street, an officer can be seen appearing to stroll his bike over the head of a person lying on the ground.
“He simply ran over his head,” Weiser can be heard shouting. “Oh my God. Oh my God.”
The person’s condition wasn’t instantly clear.
The Seattle Police Department said that 13 people were jailed on charges of home destruction, resisting arrest, attack on an officer and failure to distribute.
The demonstrations came hours after authorities in Kentucky revealed among the law enforcement officer involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in her Louisville house in March was indicted by a grand jury and charged with wanton endangerment, however none of the officers– consisting of the one whose shot killed Taylor– faced charges for her death.
Mostly peaceful demonstrations erupted in cities around the nation on Wednesday, though 127 people were arrested in Louisville, where Taylor lived, authorities stated.
One suspect, Larynzo D. Johnson, was detained on suspicion of shooting 2 law enforcement officers near the demonstration.