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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seattle Police Department: Looking For a Few More Dumbfucks

If you weigh 270 pounds, have an IQ lower than your shoe size and a red hot temper: the Seattle Police Department wants YOU. If you slam somebody’s head into a wall so hard that this person will never move or talk again — hey, no biggie. We won’t prosecute you or anything. You can just keep on enjoying life as if nothing happened.

The family of the victim — Christopher Harris — has received a $10 million dollar settlement from King County, WA. The offending thug, Deputy Matthew Paul, wasn’t prosecuted or disciplined in any way. Sounds like some nice cushy working conditions — you can inflict life-ruining injuries on a suspect (who turned out to be the wrong person) and not be held accountable.

I always figured that if I did something to cost my employer $10 million, I’d be out of a job (at the very least).

In May 2009, Christopher Harris was shopping in a convenience store in downtown Seattle. Police had been called because of a fight nearby — which Harris was NOT involved in. Several blood-spattered men ran into the convenience store around the same time that the deputies arrived. A witness mistakenly told them that Harris was the person they were looking for. Harris panicked and ran.

After running a block or two, he stopped and stood there with his arms outstretched, saying “I don’t have anything. I didn’t steal anything.” The giant inbred, Matthew Paul, pushed Christopher Harris — who was half his size — hard enough to send him flying eight feet and into a wall head first.

Now with all due respect to our newfound civility and dialed-down rhetoric after the Tucson Massacre — why is Deputy Matthew Paul still walking?

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Sounds like the perfect Klanbagger to me. I'm sure he has a future in right wing politics.

January 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

That was way, way out of line.

The philosophy when apprehending someone used to be "the minimum amount of force necessary to compel compliance."

If I was that guy's family, I'd hunt that cop down and beat him until he pissed himself.

January 27, 2011 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

It is troubling. I see a pattern emerging across the land that reminds me of the cops of my youth. I really thought we were on the right track for a few years there back in the 1990s.

At the very least, I agree his job should have ended.

January 27, 2011 at 6:09 AM  
Blogger WTF? said...

Gosh, didn’t you learn anything from Rodney King? If you don’t IMMEDIATELY comply with a directive from law enforcement, they have the right to beat you to death, shoot you, or ram a toilet plunger up your ass. Doesn’t matter if you’re a partially deaf inebriated Indian wood carver in Seattle, or a drunk redneck involved in a domestic violence beef in Port Angeles, or in this case, a wrong place at the wrong time chump at the 7-11. To paraphrase Johnnie Cochran, “You must COMPLY, or YOU MUST DIE.

January 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Where do you all keep the pork rinds?

January 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: Unfortunately, that type always has a bright future.

Carlos: Exactly. I can't believe nobody has retaliated against that scumbag. If I had caused somebody to become 100% disabled, even if it was an accident, I'd be watching my back every second.

MRM: That's true, it did seem like we were making progress for awhile; now we're going backwards again. There've been some really outrageous incidents over the last few years.

WTF?: Between that Indian wood carver getting shot and this other incident (which I hadn't heard about until it was on the news 2 nights ago), "liberal" Seattle has a pretty shitty police record. I'm sure it's no better anywhere else.

Randal: Sorry, we're all out.

January 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger WTF? said...

Do you feel and act little different when you put on a Tuxedo? I do.
I wonder if changing from a uniform that says policeman (protect and serve) to all black Para-military GI Joe outfit (kill em all let god sort em out) has something to do with this change in attitude...
Another change in our society is the willingness of citizens to fight, shoot, and kill cops. This might be making otherwise decent police personnel a little quick to use undue force.
I lived in Seattle for thirty years, raised two boys there, and had the usual amount of police contact. This level of violence is relatively new. (And roughly coincides with the increased violence against cops as well as their adoption of Halloween costumes instead of police uniforms.) Just sayin’ is all.

January 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

WTF?: That's true, there've been some brutal attacks and murders against police officers. I wouldn't take that job for anything. But police officers still need to be held accountable when they make mistakes and/or abuse their authority. That Brooklyn cop who rammed a broken plunger handle up somebody's ass -- I assume that's who you were talking about in your earlier comment -- got a 30-year prison sentence.

January 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Bison said...

I'm not from Seattle so don't know all of the laws there but come on, you're going on a witness report, they could possibly be wrong. The dude is a suspect, that doesn't mean he did it. Cases of mistaken identities happen all the time, give an honest citizen the benefit of the doubt instead of taking his life away, what a douche bag! And I'm willing to make a bet that Deputy Matthew Paul never apologized simply due to the fact that he didn't break the law, just some innocent man's neck. Oh well then that's ok, I hope gets his neck broken "within" the law of course :-)

May 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a close, personal friend of Deputy Paul. I have to laugh at all the liberal comments about how he should be killed or otherwise done bodily harm. Everyone who makes such comments needs to take a look in the mirror.

For those who are uneducated about body armor, it's meant to prevent penetration of ballistic projectiles (ie. bullets) but is not certified to stop puncture attacks such as being stabbed with knives, screwdrivers, etc.

Some of you may want to do a google search for Tennessee v. Gardner which is the basis of the fleeing felon law. The guy is lucky that he wasn't shot.

You all who bash Deputy Paul conveniently forget that he has a responsibility to the department and to his family to come home at the end of his shift safely. Out of everyone in Belltown that night, Matt and another deputy were the only ones who responded to help.

He and his partner didn't ask the dude to take off running. He reacted based on the information that he had at the time. Imagine how frustrated each of you would be if you were a victim of a crime, pointed out the offending party and we're told, "Sorry, he/she didn't stop when we asked so we can't do anything about it."

How about we have a little respect for authority and start teaching our children not to run from the police. I'm sure that the family would rather have been inconvenienced and posted bail, in the worst case scenario, instead of taking care of a brain dead adult in an infant-like state. However, the family attorney wouldn't have been able to cash in on his 3.3 million dollar payday. That's the industry standard for personal injury cases these days.

Frankly, I fault the insurance attorneys for King County for even settling. I would have rather seen this case go through to a final ruling.

October 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

If that 300-pound bully is a "close personal friend," you need better friends. He picked up someone half his size and flung him against a wall hard enough to paralyze him for life.

Matthew Paul was in plainclothes, not in uniform, and did not identify himself as a police officer. Maybe the suspect shouldn't have run, but he panicked; he didn't know this 300-pound man yelling "Stop!" was a cop or what he wanted. Remember, he was NOT involved in the altercation that the police were responding to.

If Matthew Paul can't control his temper or behavior any better than that, he's in the wrong line of work.

October 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM  

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