Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is requesting an internal review of the department’s response to the mayor’s home this past summer.
The Seattle Police Department has released dashcam video of police responding to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s house last year.
The 2016 police call hit headlines last month after a lawyer for a man accusing Murray of sexually abusing him as a teen filed a subpoena seeking records about the incident.
The police response involved a reported “suspicious person” at the mayor’s Capitol Hill home on the night of June 24. In releasing the dashcam video and related records, the Seattle Police Department said in an online posting it was responding to “public interest” in the incident.
Citing “those who have publicly expressed concerns regarding this incident,” Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole added that she was requesting a review by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability.
In the dashcam video of one police car that responded to the June 24 call, police can be heard knocking on Murray’s door.
Someone who sounds like Murray answers and says “they went away,” referring to unknown persons Murray said had sought entry to his house.
Officers then can be heard saying the “complainant said everything is good, we can clear our unit.” One adds: “he (the mayor) said somebody tried to push my door.”
Later, an officer says, “Oh this is not one of those calls we need to keep quiet about. OK, you don’t need to broadcast the address, but …”
Another asks, “Do we need to write anything up?”
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“No, he didn’t even want us to check around the backyard,” an officer responds.
The 2016 police incident was publicized last month by attorneys for Delvonn Heckard, 46, who has sued the mayor, alleging Murray sexually abused him as a teenager three decades ago.
Though there is no clear link to that lawsuit, attorneys for Heckard filed a subpoena seeking records about the police response to Murray’s home, and alleging one of mayor’s aides was involved in “cover up efforts.”
Spokespersons for Murray responded that those allegations were “outlandish” and provided a statement from five friends who said they had been at the mayor’s home earlier in the evening.
They described a knock at the door from an unknown man and woman, who asked to use the bathroom and became “pushy” when refused entry.
Murray’s attorneys pushed for sanctions this month against Lincoln Beauregard, one of the attorneys for Heckard, complaining about the subpoena and other documents filed in the lawsuit they said were to generate publicity about the mayor.
A judge earlier this month granted their request and sanctioned Beauregard $5,000.
Information in this article, originally published May 15, 2017, was corrected May 16, 2017. A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted Mayor Ed Murray in a comment heard on police dashcam video. Murray told officers “they went away,” referring to unknown persons who had reportedly sought entry to his house..