King 5 was at 23rd and Union for a rally against police brutality Saturday. Organized by the Seattle King County NAACP and the No New Jim Crow Coalition, the rally was prompted by the recent release of video showing a controversial arrest of Leo Etherly in the liquor store parking lot in October.
“We need to protect our good officers by firing those who violate civil rights,” said James Bible of the Seattle King County NAACP.
While the Office of Professional Accountability has launched an investigation into the behavior of Officer Eric Faust, no charges or decision have yet been made. Police officials defended the officer’s behavior during a press event in late November, saying Etherly resisted arrest and spit on officers. Etherly and his lawyer disagree.