SEATTLE – The man accused of murdering a Seattle police officer spoke out in a King County courtroom Thursday, comparing two sheriff's deputies involved in an alleged assault to Hitler and Stalin.
Christopher Monfort, 41, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder for the death of Officer Timothy Brenton on Oct. 31, 2009. If convicted, Monfort would face life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
Monfort was attending a case setting hearing when he went on an angry rant. Before the hearing began, he started yelling about former King County sheriff's deputy Paul Schene, who's was put on trial for allegedly assaulting 15-year-old Malika Calhoun in a holding cell. That case ended in a hung jury last January.
"The police in our society are employees. They work for us," said Monfort. We depend on them to do exactly the opposite of what Deputy Schene and Deputy Bruner did. We depend on the police to protect us from the police as well. If the police are wrong, we depend on the police to cross the blue line of silence."
Bruner is Dep. Travis Bruner, who was also in the cell but was not implicated in the alleged assault on Calhoun. Monfort compared the deputies to past dictators.
"This world has seen that kind of behavior before. We saw it in World War 2 with Stalin as he took power away from the people and abuse his police authorities. We saw it with Mussolini and we saw it with Hitler," said Monfort.
Monfort also asked people in court how they thought America's founding fathers would have reacted if their daughters were treated the same way.
"I can't imagine it would have been a happy or a peaceful manner," said Monfort.
His attorney reportedly tried to quiet him while his mother sat in court with her head in her hands.
Monfort was brought into court in a wheelchair. Speaking with a lisp, he said half of his face is paralyzed and that "I can't walk. I'm dead from the waist down." He was injured when he was arrested at his Tukwila apartment building on Nov. 6.
Monfort has also been charged with the attempted murders of Brenton's partner, Officer Britt Sweeney, as well as that of a detective during his arrest. Monfort is also charged with arson and attempted murder in the firebombing of several Seattle police cars.