When a man allegedly drove away from the scene of 2018. Fender-bender, a Seattle police officer, told one of the man’s friends. That the crash left a woman in critical condition, a police watchdog says. But the story about the woman’s condition was all a trick — a ruse to flush out the driver, the report said.
The OPA says the driver’s friends reported that he grew worried in the days after the crash, thinking that someone possibly died in the wreck.
What Did Happened Over There?
Less than a week after the crash, his roommate found the man dead in his room. The OPA now says that the police officer’s lie contributed to the man’s death.
“The ruse ultimately contributed to the subject’s subsequent suicide,” Andrew Myerberg, the civilian director of the OPA, said in a letter to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.
In November, the OPA released a report. They were first reported by The Seattle Times on Thursday, detailing the incident and its investigation into allegations of police misconduct. There were no injuries reported after the crash. The OPA says, and investigators looking into the crash were only expecting that their colleagues would get the driver’s insurance information.
Neither the driver nor the officers have been identified.
Seattle Police Department said in a statement Thursday that the police officer was suspended six days without pay for using a ruse during the investigation.
Statement Of The Police Department
The Police department reported that the officer’s actions. Didn’t meet up the SPD’s standards of acceptable use of discretion, and they weren’t according to the rules of professionalism or training, said by the team.
The OPA report says that when asked about the incident. The officer, identified in the report as NE#1, told the watchdog that he believed. It was “reasonable and appropriate” to use a ruse.
The Report States That.
The official report from the department of the Police states. “Specifically, he asserted that the ruse was needed to urge information relevant. To a criminal investigation and, while there was no difficulty, there was an ongoing threat to public safety. NE#1 denied that the ruse shocked fundamental fairness.”
The officer noted that it had been “regrettable that the topic committed suicide; he wasn’t ultimately liable for the Subject’s actions.”
After the driver’s death, his friends and mother began looking into the hit-and-run. The friend who was contacted by police filed a complaint with the OPA in March 2019, prompting the watchdog investigation.
During the investigation, one of the driver’s friends. Told the agency that at some point, everyone believed the driver “had hit and killed someone but that he did not remember it.”
The local department said Thursday it agreed. With the watchdog findings, I am adding that it provided in-service training to all or any sergeants. Officers and detectives on the acceptable use of ruses during criminal investigations.