June 23, 2011
Lawyers for the man who was at the center of a videotaped incident that resulted in the discipline of a Seattle police officer are holding a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to announce the filing of a lawsuit.
According to a news release, Martin Monetti will make a “short public statement” and attorneys and members of the Monetti family will be available to answer questions. The news release doesn’t give the reason for the conference, but Monetti’s attorneys confirmed Wednesday morning it would cover the filing of a lawsuit.
Police Officer Shandy Cobane sparked a public outcry when video emerged of an April 17, 2010, incident in which he was seen telling the prone Latino man he was going to “beat the [expletive] Mexican piss out of you, homey. You feel me?”
Cobane, who was working as a gang detective, drew condemnation from civil-rights and minority organizations.
Last May, the Seattle chapter of the NAACP and other civil-rights groups urged county prosecutors to prosecute Cobane, and a coalition of minority organizations formed after the incident pressed for his firing.
The incident was one of several that prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to open a broad civil-rights investigation in March into whether Seattle police have engaged in a pattern of unnecessary force and biased policing.
Article: The Seattle Times
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