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Off duty Bellevue police officers under investigation for confronting and berating a Seattle officer | UPDATE
Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo has initiated an internal investigation into allegations that several off duty Bellevue officers berated and mocked a Seattle police officer after being asked to pick up litter.
Sunday afternoon, before the Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Stadium, a group walked by a female Seattle police officer and threw litter on the ground. She asked them to pick up the litter and they turned and confronted her. According to Seattle Police, the Bellevue officers identified themselves. The officers were not cited for littering, or for their response to the Seattle officer's request to pick up the trash.
Pillo, in a prepared statement released to Tuesday, said she has ordered the department's Office of Professional Standards to investigate.
"I personally called the Seattle officer involved to offer my sincere apology on behalf of the department, and made it clear that if there was any unacceptable behavior by our officers, in no way does this reflect who we are as an organization," the chief said in the statement. "This is a rare anomaly in our department and it is disappointing."
Det. Mark Jamieson of Seattle police said the department is satisfied with Bellevue's response to open an investigation.
"The incident happened, we contacted Bellevue, and we said 'we think you should be aware' and we trust the Bellevue will handle it," he said.
According to The Seattle Times, the three officers from Bellevue were thrown out of the stadium a short time later. A ticket holder from Burien said the officers were highly intoxicated and swearing consistently. The fan asked the officers, one female and two males, to stop swearing, and they began to call him names, and one of them told him "not to get pulled over in Bellevue."
The fan talked to ushers at the stadium, who summoned "Fan Experience" security agents to remove the three officers from the stadium.