King County Sheriff Deputy Patrick “K.C.” Saulet has been placed on administrative leave for an incident last summer involving a reporter for The Stranger, one of Seattle’s alternative newspapers. Sheriff John Urquhart confirmed Thursday that he placed Saulet on administrative leave just before Thanksgiving, just months after Saulet was demoted for his actions in a separate incident.
Last August, Saulet was stripped of his sergeant’s stripes for his hostile and threatening treatment of a man and his pregnant wife who accidentally drove their car into an off limits area of a Metro Transit Station in Seattle. Saulet allegedly told the couple he could send them to jail and take away their 18-month-old daughter, who was riding in the car with them.
Urquhart’s recent decision to place Saulet on leave was connected to the deputy’s treatment of Stranger reporter Dominic Holden, who said Saulet threatened him for taking pictures on a public sidewalk.
Holden filed a complaint against Saulet following the incident last summer and the internal investigation is now complete. Urquhart confirmed that Saulet requested a Loudermill Hearing, which is Saulet’s last opportunity to plead his case before the sheriff imposes discipline. Urquhart declined to reveal the outcome of the internal investigation or the punishment recommended by Saulet’s commander because “disciplinary matters are pending.” But when Urquhart demoted Saulet in August, Urquhart said Saulet would remain on a “very short leash.”
Saulet has received 120 misconduct complaints—more than any other deputy in the department.