Sunday, March 1, 2009


SEATTLE--A King County sheriff's deputy kicks a 15-year-old girl, slams her to the floor of a jail cell, strikes her and pulls her hair in violence captured on videotape. Prosecutors released the surveillance video Friday in the assault case against 8-year veteran Deputy Paul Schene, 31, of Auburn. The video shows Schene, a 6 feet 2 deputy, beating the teenage girl at a holding facility at SeaTac City Hall in November.

The girl was arrested driving her parents' car, which had been reported stolen from her parents' Tukwila home. Deputy Travis Brunner spotted the car driving without headlights about 3:45 a.m. on 32nd Avenue South in SeaTac and pulled it over.

According to the P-I, "The detective who reviewed the video said it appeared Schene and Brunner had the girl under control when Schene struck her. Schene, who is 6 feet 2 and weighs 195 pounds, did not explain his action to investigators, court documents say. He and the girl exchanged words. Brunner said she was 'real lippy' after being informed she was under arrest and called them 'fat pigs.'

"Schene had previously been in the news in 2006 after he fatally shot Pedro Jo, a mentally ill man, during a struggle after a traffic stop on Interstate 5. It was the second officer-involved shooting of his career."

--from reports in the AP, Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer


"Anger management techniques" should be the order of the day. Read "Controlling Anger--Before it Controls You," from the American Psychological Association, here.

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