With an apology, Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey reinstated a misconduct finding against an officer who threatened to harass a journalist who was observing police detain a man, the Seattle Times reports. “Overturning the finding of misconduct was a mistake and sent the wrong message to our officers and to the public,” an emotional Bailey said. His original intent was to educate the officer by imposing additional training instead of a suspension.
His announcement came as new details emerged about six other cases in which Bailey lifted misconduct findings against officers, which he won't rescind because they were tentatively approved before he became chief. Mayor Ed Murray said he issued the directive that led Bailey, whom he appointed interim chief, to reinstate the misconduct finding against Officer John Marion. Marion was found to have acted unprofessionally during a street encounter with Dominic Holden, the news editor of The Stranger weekly newspaper. Holden on July 30 took photos and made notes of police surrounding a man when Holden said Marion “became furious” and began threatening to harass him at his place of work.