SEATTLE — The Seattle Community Police Commission is questioning the $100,000 payout given to a former Seattle police officer who was fired over her arrest of an elderly African-American man.
The Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/2gpSP2y ) Thursday that the commission is seeking a meeting with Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and City Attorney Pete Holmes and has requested documents related to the payout settlement.
Former Officer Cynthia Whitlatch, an 18-year police veteran, received the settlement after she appealed her firing for biased and overly aggressive policing.
Whitlatch who is white, denied race played a role in her decision to detain then-69-year-old William Wingate in July 2014. Whitlatch accuses Wingate of swinging a golf club toward her patrol car. Wingate maintained he never swung the club.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com