Bellevue Officers Thrown Out of Seahawks Game After Confrontation with a Fan

A fan at the Seahawks game told the Seattle Times one of the officers warned him not to get pulled over in Bellevue after he asked them to keep it down.

The story of the off-duty Bellevue police officers who taunted an on-duty Seattle police officer before last Sunday's Seahawks game didn't end there, according to a fan's recount to the Seattle Times.

A fan at the game reported to the Seattle Times that the officers shortly afterward were thrown out of the game for unruly behavior, which included warning the fan not to get pulled over in Bellevue.

The Bellevue police officers are under investigation by the Bellevue Police Department for off-duty behavior, after Seattle police say that several officers taunted a police officer outside the stadium after she asked them to pick up a cup that one of them dropped, The Seattle Times reported.

Seattle police Assistant Chief Jim Pugel told the Times that two members of the group identified themseleves as Bellevue police officers and taunted the Seattle officer, as well as several others who came to back her up. The officers were not arrested nor any report written because no crime was committed, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The fan who reported the officers being thrown out of the game said the group --- two men and two women --  arrived late and talked about the incident that occurred outside the stadium. The fan approached the group to ask the officers to stop using expletives to describe the game.

The fan said one of the women in the group warned him to not get pulled over in Bellevue.

The fan reported the officers' behavior to the CenturyLink ushers, and the officers were escorted out of the building. He also reported the incident to Bellevue Police, and said that he was contacted by the department's Office of Professional Standards.

According to the fan, he identified two men and a woman as the Bellevue police officers at the game. Another woman who was with the group was not an officer, he said.

Bellevue Chief Linda Pillo has said that she ordered the department's Office of Professional Standards to investigate.

According to the statement, Pillo personally called the Seattle officer to apologize, and said she was disappointed in the behavior of the officers.

The Times called for a swift investigation and an apology from the off-duty Bellevue officers. What do you think? Does this incident affect how you feel about the Bellevue Police Department? 

K.M. May September 23, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I'm wondering if the Seattle cops are going to get disciplined (as well as the Bellevue cops) from how they evidently (mis)handled this situation. The devil really is in the details on this one it seems.... I really wonder what "taunts" were made towards the female Seattle cop. I guess they weren't gender related remarks, since 1 person in the group of 4 was a female cop, after all. If "no crime was committed" (per SPD) then one has to wonder why the female Seattle cop ever initiated any contact with these people. Something to do with tossing a cup on the ground (littering?) before entering the game? This is confusing. If it wasn't a crime, then why address them at all, and why "call for back-up"? I think the actions of the female Seattle cop need to be examined in order to better sort this all out. How did those "back-up" Seattle cops feel about the situation; did they think a crime had been committed? I suspect that if those responding "back-up" cops felt that a crime had been committed & that their sister-cop had truly been teased or "taunted" so badly, they would have (at the VERY least) prevented the (possibly intoxicated ?) party of 4 gals & guys from entering the game. Maybe they should have taken this action. Yup, the actions or lack there-of by the Seattle cops need to be investigated too, in my opinion. If this small group had been prevented from entering the game then this story wouldn't be taking up taxpayer time & money.
K.M. May September 23, 2012 at 05:48 AM
The "devil's in the details" on this one for sure. For effective discipline to occur, & for the better of all involved, the "Fan" needs to be identified and needs to give a detailed written statement. If the "Fan's" children were victimized & exposed to "cuss" words uttered by someone in the group of 4 from Bellevue (2 guys & 1 gal are Bellevue cops ~ the other gal is a "citizen") then they too need to be identified and prepare written statements as to what they heard and how it made them feel. (Every complainant must be identified for a complaint to merit investigation, & rightly so) These statements must point out to investigators which person in the group was overheard using "cuss" words, since not everyone in the group is a cop, and therefore can't get in trouble for cussing. We already know that it was 1 of the 2 females in the group who told (threatened) the 'Fan' to "not get pulled over in Bellevue", but we need to know WHICH female it was..... Was it the female "citizen" or was it the female cop? Because the female citizen can't get in trouble for saying that..... but the cop certainly would (& should). However, I sincerely doubt that it was the (female) cop who made that statement to the "Fan". How ridiculous! Surely none of those 3 cops had any idea who the "Fan" was, and there is little to no chance of the Fan ever "getting pulled over in Bellevue" by these folks. My guess is that it was the civilian gal in the group that popped off with that dumb comment anyway!
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM
GOOD FOR THE SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER WHO CALLED FOR BACK UP. She did the right thing. Also, for K.M. May and all readers: It is my understanding that there is a Citizen's Academy organized by the King County Deputy's Office that goes from March-May 2013. I sincerely encourage all readers to set aside some time to attend this outstanding course. Also, Lynnwood Police Department has a Citizen's Academy of its own - also a good program. It may not change your life but it will give you a very educational perspective of "why things are done certain ways" in the field of law enforcement. This Bellevue Police Officer incident is a representation of a tiny fraction of people who made a grave error in judgment. Most police officers are good citizens. They coach little league, lead girl scout troops, support one another when a co-worker is physically ill, volunteer helping the elderly and so much more. Further, most of them know it is an HONOR to wear a badge and conduct themselves in a professional manner while in uniform and in plain clothes. To close, there should be ZERO tolerance for the immature and dangerous behavior of a few drunks. They should lose their jobs so that good people and great professionals can replace them - there are folks out there who have more integrity and self discipline. This is an extremely unfortunate situation. A few bad apples making all look bad. Not fair. Get rid of the bad ones.
Bryan September 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I think in any job there are bad apples. We have it in the financial industry ( where I am employed ) and everywhere else. The problem with the Police is that historically the police do not get rid of their bad apples. The Police unions are so powerful that a cop really has to do something really bad to even be considered for firing. Let's put it this way, Police often keep their jobs for unruly behavior that people in the private industry are fired for instantly. The worse part of it is, one bad police officer has the power to do so much more damage to people's lives. Imagine one of those Bellevue police officer's pulling you over on a bad day. Yes, I am making the connection between people who act in that manner not always being the most just. You know the type, they think they are above the law and not very humble. That personality type should not even be allowed to wear a badge in the first place. The power is to easy to abuse.
K.M. May September 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
True enough Bryan. That personality type are considered "badge heavy" and it seems to me that often the male officers who tend to be bullies and badge heavy are often short in stature. Napoleon complex? I dunno. I think that all the testing they have to go through (written, psych, medical, physical, background, etc) is where they TRY to weed out the ones who may tend to think they are "above the law and not very humble", but evidently not all are found before being hired.


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