City of Seattle loses police dash-cam lawsuit

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Seattle taxpayers are now stuck with a big bill after the city lost a lawsuit. The city filed suit against an attorney who is trying to obtain Seattle police dash-cam videos.

Attorney James Egan said he’s been vindicated.

“I’m relieved the nightmare is over,” he said.

Egan has represented nearly a dozen citizens with claims of misconduct against police.

The suit against him began last year when he made a public records request for 36 videos.

“I asked for 36 videos as a citizen. They said no. I asked again to the police chief directly and they turned around and hauled me into court,” said Egan.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes brought the suit against Egan, and on Thursday a King County Superior Court Judge threw it out. The ruling called the suit against Egan “procedurally improper and potentially unnecessary.”

There is already a lawsuit that raises the same legal questions involved in the suit against Egan.

Now, Seattle taxpayers must pay Egan’s court costs, which he said ran over $100,000.

“I’m sorry, but they hauled me into court and I think an apology needs to come from the city attorney for wasting taxpayer money,” he said.

On the issue of the suit being tossed out, Holmes’ office issued a written statement saying he is studying it and had no comment.

KING 5 news, along with several other media outlets, filed a brief in support of the ongoing lawsuit to give the public greater access to police videos. 
 

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