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Article posted Feb 14 2012, 6:31 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: KOMO News Print

Caught On Tape: Officer Threatens to Make Up Evidence After Arrest of Innocent Men

By Tracy Vedder

SEATTLE -- A Seattle police officer has been caught on tape talking about "making up" evidence while two wrongly arrested men sit in jail. It's the latest shocker uncovered by a KOMO 4 Problem Solver investigation into the Seattle Police Department's vanishing dashcam videos.

Josh Lawson and Christopher Franklin filed a claim against the city Monday for excessive force and wrongful arrest.

The two were arrested at gunpoint on November 16, 2010 and said the incident changed their lives forever.

"I thought I was gonna die," Lawson said about that night.

Franklin said it was "the most terrifying thing I've ever experienced."

Both men said they suffered facial bruises and swelling after one was kicked and the other man-handled into the pavement while being arrested. But then listen to what an officer says on an audio recording after he takes the two to holding cells: "Well, you're going to jail for robbery that's all."

You then hear Franklin ask, "for robbery?" And the officer responds, "Yeah, I'm gonna make stuff up."

Franklin believed him.

"He showed me that he has the power to do whatever he wanted that night," he said. "He has a badge, and all we can do is nothing."

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Posted: Feb 15 2012, 8:20 AM

72197 The officer should have been fired, no just reprimanded. They were exonerated, meaning they did nothing wrong. The Sargent also needs to be fired. They are CLEARLY NOT PUBLIC SERVANTS any longer!!!!

Posted: Feb 15 2012, 9:10 AM

67171 Fear fear fear. Obey obey obey.

Posted: Feb 20 2012, 6:01 PM

99192 Let's stop chopping down trees, and we're gonna need a lot more nooses.

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