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Body Worn Video From Officer Involved Collision January 2023

“The following video was identified in the routine course of business by a department employee, who, concerned about the nature of statements heard on that video, appropriately escalated their concerns through their chain of command to the Chief’s Office which, following a review of the video, referred the matter to OPA for investigation into the context in which those statements were made and any policy violation that might be implicated.  This is what department policy and the City’s Accountability Ordinance require.

The Accountability Ordinance is clear in seeking to preserve the integrity of OPA investigations: “While any incident of public concern is under OPA, SPD or OIG review, no City employee should comment, either in their official or personal capacity, in a way that suggests that any factual, policy, or legal conclusions have been reached about the incident.”  Recognizing the public concern around this video, SPD is putting out this video in the interest of transparency, but consistent with City law, SPD reserves any comment on the substance pending the completion of OPA’s investigation.

SPD has been in touch with the family of the victim pedestrian and continues to honor their expressed request for privacy.  As others in the accountability system proceed with their work, we again extend our deepest sympathy for this tragic collision.”