WA Deputy Fired For Threatening To Arrest Editor In Sidewalk Spat


A King County, Wa., sheriff's deputy who threatened to arrest an editor for The Stranger weekly newspaper during a sidewalk confrontation has been fired by Sheriff John Urquhart, reports the Seattle Times. Deputy Patrick Saulet, a 27-year veteran with a troubled disciplinary history, was terminated yesterday. Urquhart found that Saulet “took exception” to Dominic Holden, The Stranger's news editor, lawfully doing his job on public property.

Holden wrote that he was riding his bike July 30 when he saw six law-enforcement officers surrounding a man seated on a planter box at a transit station. He said he took a photograph from a public sidewalk of Saulet, who told him to leave or risk arrest. Contrary to Saulet's assertion that he engaged in a “social contact” in which he told Holden he couldn't ride his bike on Metro transit property, Saulet expressly or implicitly threatened to arrest Holden while incorrectly identifying public property as private property, Urquhart said.

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