- 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.

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

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