NAACP says Seattle police kicking was hate crime - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NAACP says Seattle police kicking was hate crime

SEATTLE (AP) - The NAACP on Tuesday asked that prosecutors treat a Seattle police beating caught on video as a hate crime. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also is asking for the Justice Department to intervene.

The department already asked the FBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry of the April 17 attack recorded by a freelance videographer.

It shows an officer using a racial epithet and kicking a suspect's head and stepping on his hand. Another officer comes over and stomps on the man's leg. He was taken down as a robbery suspect but later released when officers realized they had the wrong man.

A tearful Detective Shandy Cobane apologized Friday to the Latino community for his role and said the words he used "were offensive and unprofessional."

Watch the video of the incident by clicking here

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