Investigator recommends assault charges for Shelton officers
Jul. 20, 2017
SHELTON, Wash. (AP) — An investigator has recommended that two Shelton police officers be charged with assault related to a man they arrested in May.
KING-TV reported Wednesday (https://goo.gl/CPgz1j ) the Thurston County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident in which the officers arrested a man May 25 who had been sleeping on the back porch of an emergency homeless shelter.
Officers' body camera videos show them approaching the man and giving him verbal warnings to show his hands. When the man, who appeared to be asleep, didn't respond, one officer pepper sprayed the man's face.
After telling the man to get up, he stood up and was tackled by the officers, who struggled with the man for several minutes and used a stun gun on him.
Thurston County's investigator determined the only people showing aggressive behavior during the arrest were the two officers.
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/