- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal jury has found that a white former Seattle police officer who arrested a black man using a golf club as a cane engaged in racial discrimination.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/iiqzfm ) jurors reached the unanimous verdict Tuesday against Cynthia Whitlatch after starting deliberations Monday in the civil-rights lawsuit. The eight-member jury awarded $325,000 in compensatory damages to William Wingate.

The lawsuit stemmed from Whitlatch’s arrest of then 69-year-old Wingate while he was walking with the golf club in Seattle in July 2014.

Whitlatch, a 49-year-old longtime officer, was fired as a result of the incident.

In court, she denied race played a role in her decision to detain Wingate after she says he swung a golf club toward her patrol car as she drove by him.

Wingate maintained he never swung the club.

___

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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide