- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle police officer is at risk of losing her job over an arrest involving a golf club.

KOMO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Scqps4 ) that Officer Cynthia Whitlatch in her report of the July 2014 arrest said William Wingate had used a golf club as a weapon in a threatening manner. But Wingate claims to have used a golf club only as a cane while taking his daily walks.

The Office of Professional Accountability, a Seattle watchdog, has recommended that Whitlach be terminated. Their review of the arrest found multiple policy violations including bias, no grounds to make a stop and failure to use de-escalation tactics.

Det. Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, disputes the findings. He plans to appeal if Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole upholds the OPA’s recommendations.


Information from: KOMO-TV, https://www.komotv.com/

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