Two of the officers said they felt they had been assaulted by guards at the Neighbours Nightclub on Broadway on Monday.

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Three off-duty Seattle police officers were involved in a fight with security guards at a Capitol Hill nightclub early Monday, the Seattle Police Department reported Tuesday.

The officers, all male, were not acting in an official capacity, the SPD said.

On-duty officers were called to Neighbours Nightclub on Broadway, and the incident was reported to SPD commanders and referred to the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) on Monday, according to the department.

According to the report made by responding officers, two of the three off-duty officers said they felt they had been assaulted by security and requested a police report be made.

One of the security guards said he had video of the incident, the report says, but it was “grainy and difficult to see the exact movement of the subjects.” However, the report continues, it appears that one of the security guards was the aggressor in most of the video.

The report notes that the video shows the guard and two off-duty officers exchanging words, then the guard “quickly leg sweeps (one off-duty officer), slamming him to the ground. The guard said the off-duty officer “threw an elbow at him,” causing the takedown.

According to the report, at one point, one of the off-duty officers told the guard, “You don’t know anything about the law, Mexican.”

All three off-duty officers had consumed alcohol, the report noted, and two were visibly intoxicated.

SPD spokesman Sean Whitcomb said the three officers are on regular days off. “Any changes to their work status will be determined pending additional information gathered during the course of the investigation,” SPD said in a statement. Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation should call 206-684-8797 or email

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