SEATTLE, WA – The City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department have taken two officers on administrative leave and opened a potential criminal investigation after it became known that these officers participated in a political protest in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Today the Seattle Police Department was made aware that at least two of its officers were in Washington DC on Wednesday.
“The Department fully supports all legitimate expressions of freedom of speech by the First Amendment, but the violent mob and events in the US Capitol were unlawful and resulted in the death of another police officer,” said Chief Adrian Diaz.
The incident was forwarded to the Office of Police Accountability for a full review of all activities of the SPD staff in the US Capitol.
The OPA will investigate whether SPD guidelines have been violated and whether potential illegal activities need to be referred for criminal investigation.
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If SPD officers were directly involved in the uprising in the US Capitol, I will end them immediately. While the OPA is conducting an investigation, these officers have been taken on administrative leave.