- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A police officer in Washington state repeatedly accused of using excessive force pleaded not guilty to a federal criminal charge that he pepper-sprayed a man who was under arrest and restrained in a hospital gurney.

Former Tukwila officer Nicholas Hogan, who is now an officer in Snoqualmie, entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court, The Seattle Times reported (https://goo.gl/uyOODv ).

Hogan was placed on paid leave in May after a grand jury indicted him on one count of violating the civil rights of a man he arrested after a fight.

Hogan took the man to Harborview Medical Center on May 20, 2011, for stitches in his lip before booking him into jail, according to Tukwila internal-affairs documents obtained by The Times. Hogan allegedly kneed the man in the head while pulling him from the police car, manhandled him in the hospital waiting area when the man mouthed off and tackled and shoved the man into a wall.

Nurses and security guards complained and the man was placed in restraints on a gurney in an area enclosed by curtains, documents said. While on a stool next to the man Hogan reported that the man threatened and lunged at him. Hogan then allegedly pepper-sprayed him in the eyes.

The Tukwila Police Department fired Hogan in 2013 after the city settled two lawsuits accusing him of excessive force - neither of which was the case in which Hogan has been indicted.

Snoqualmie then hired in Hogan and suspended him for 20 days early this year for having an affair with another officer’s wife, authorities said.

Hogan will remain free pending an Aug. 8 trial.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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