Bellevue Officers Thrown Out of Seahawks Game After Confrontation with a Fan

A fan at the Seahawks game told the Seattle Times one of the officers warned him not to get pulled over in Bellevue after he asked them to keep it down.

The story of the off-duty Bellevue police officers who taunted an on-duty Seattle police officer before last Sunday's Seahawks game didn't end there, according to a fan's recount to the Seattle Times.

A fan at the game reported to the Seattle Times that the officers shortly afterward were thrown out of the game for unruly behavior, which included warning the fan not to get pulled over in Bellevue.

Bellevue police officers are under investigation by the Bellevue Police Department for off-duty behavior, after Seattle police say that several officers taunted a police officer outside the stadium after she asked them to pick up a cup that one of them dropped, The Seattle Times reported.

Seattle police Assistant Chief Jim Pugel told the Times that two members of the group identified themseleves as Bellevue police officers and taunted the Seattle officer, as well as several others who came to back her up. The officers were not arrested nor any report written because no crime was committed, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The fan who reported the officers being thrown out of the game said the group --- two men and two women --  arrived late and talked about the incident that occurred outside the stadium. The fan approached the group to ask the officers to stop using expletives to describe the game.

The fan said one of the women in the group warned him to not get pulled over in Bellevue.

The fan reported the officers' behavior to the CenturyLink ushers, and the officers were escorted out of the building. He also reported the incident to Bellevue Police, and said that he was contacted by the department's Office of Professional Standards.

According to the fan, he identified two men and a woman as the Bellevue police officers at the game. Another woman who was with the group was not an officer, he said.

Bellevue Chief Linda Pillo has said that she ordered the department's Office of Professional Standards to investigate.

According to the statement, Pillo personally called the Seattle officer to apologize, and said she was disappointed in the behavior of the officers.

The Times called for a swift investigation and an apology from the off-duty Bellevue officers. What do you think? Does this incident affect how you feel about the Bellevue Police Department? 

Joe Franklin September 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Bellevue Patch is doing a great service with this story as I believe without media attention, problems like this with law enforcement officers would go ignored, covered up, and left to fester. This focus helps keep the Bellevue Police Department the great department it is by being as transparent as possible.
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 28, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Dear Police Training: I liked your initial writings that educated me about "flashing badges." I come from a long line of military, police and others who served or are serving their respective cities and countries with great HONOR. You mentioned how grand your vacation benefits and other perks related to your job. That's great for you and all others who do their job well without hurting and/or insulting their own team members or the public. That's awesome that you have all those bennies. Your profession is also most likely to be killed in the line of fire. Statistically, police officers have a greater chance of death due to the nature of their job than someone who works for Joann Fabrics. Like my police officer friend in Oregon said, "These days, people are too quick to shoot. Guns are easily bought and sold. Sometimes, I think I should have been a fire fighter. Some criminals have told me that they twice before shooting at firefighters because all they do is put out fires but the bad guys don't give a rat's you know what when it comes to shooting a cop. The bad guys are happy to shoot at cops because we try our best to put them away."
Tu-Ha Nguyen September 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
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Tu-Ha Nguyen September 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Right on!
Venice Buhain December 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thanks to everyone for your comments on this story. We now have an update on the Seahawks incident involving the Bellevue police officers: http://patch.com/A-0c57


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