SPD Statement re: Monetti case

Officer Cobane and other officers at the scene were investigating a complaint of a recent nearby armed robbery involving the use of a machete.  The officers had reasonable suspicion to detain Mr. Monetti as they investigated.  This incident was subject to independent review by the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Seattle City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department, all of which determined that the force used was lawful. 

The Seattle Police Department and Officer Cobane have acknowledged that statements made by him to Mr. Monetti during the April 17, 2010 stop were unacceptable.  Chief Diaz has already imposed the most severe discipline available short of termination.