The Seattle Police Department said in a statement Thursday that the actions of the officer, who has not been identified, are being independently investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the office.
Earlier on Thursday, the city’s police watchdog group said it was requesting a criminal investigation.
Video of the event
A protester taken Wednesday night and posted on Twitter shows him stepping into the street as an officer, turning his bicycle over to his supervisor’s head and neck area.
The scene is immediately surrounded by surrounding officers.
Increasing tension leads to video and subsequent aggression Among the protesters against systemic racism and police officers
, The Kentucky Attorney General announced Wednesday that no charges will be levied on any officers for the death of Breno Taylor.
Mass protest Arrived Wednesday night
Crowds of people have gathered in U.S. cities, from Louisville to Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, to protest and mourn the decision. A number of opponents Arrests have been made as a result
, And demonstrations are expected to continue on Thursday.
From a review of the video, the Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) said it had “identified possible violations of SPD policy as well as potential criminal behavior.” Statement of
Professional Fees of Professional Accountability (OPA), said the group.
Subsequently, the case was referred to the OPA.
“After further analysis of the video and observation of the interviews conducted by the FIT, the OP requested that a criminal investigation be conducted,” the statement said.
A CNN email seeking comment from the Seattle Police Officers Guild was not immediately returned.