According to Jud Morris, the videographer who shot this footage, the Fox News affiliate refused to run this Police Brutality video in Seattle last month and then fired him.
Morris, 46, said he was working for Q13 Fox the night of April 16. When he was leaving a few minutes before 1 a.m. on April 17, he heard a heavy rescue call at Bridge Way North and Midvale Avenue North. "I start shooting video and within a couple of minutes, the incident that everybody is talking about breaks out," Morris recalled. "I see the Gang Unit guy in the kid's face screaming at him."
Early in the video, officer Cobane screams, "You got me? I'm gonna beat the f***ing Mexican piss out of you Homey! You Feel Me?!" Then proceeds to brutally kick the innocent young man in his face. Then, later in the video, a woman patrol officer forcefully stomps on the young man's leg. Morris said he exclaimed "Nice!" -- "out of shock and disbelief, not out of disapproval." After Morris' loud statement about the officer's action, he said police clearly noticed him and their demeanor changed. This is also clear on the video.
Morris said the next day, he took the footage to Q13 Fox."They told me they weren't going to run it," Morris said. “You guys are insane." Fox/Q13 not only did not run the video, they told Morris he might be sued if other stations ran the footage. Morris said the station didn't want to hurt their relationship with Seattle Police. They were influenced by "Washington's Most Wanted," a weekly show that details fugitives and highlights police work. He called the show "their moneymaker."
Morris said after Q13 Fox did not immediately air the footage, another producer suggested he put it on YouTube. It was posted to the site April 20 or 21. After the video was posted on YouTube, Morris said he was contacted by someone from the Seattle Police Office of Professional Accountability asking him about the video.
Morris worked out a deal to sell the footage to KIRO/7.
Then the call from Q13/Fox: "On Monday (May 2), I got a call saying 'We heard you put this up on YouTube. Don't bother coming in tonight!" Morris was fired.
After his video footage appeared on KIRO/7, Morris' video has gone viral. Additionally, several organizations have contacted Fox Q13 asking why they didn't initially run the footage. Many calls have gone unanswered. On Wednesday, Fox/Q13 fired their Senior assignment editor, Cheri Mossburg. She has retained a lawyer. Their News Director Steve Kraycik quit the same day.
Seattle Police are conducting an internal investigation. They have re-assigned both assaulting officers pending results of the investigation. Officer Shandy Cobane (kicker to the head), waited until after the media event to publicly apologize. The female officer, Mary Lynne Woollum, has not. Interim Chief John Diaz has promised to thoroughly investigate and has apologized for the officers' harsh words and poor behavior. "This entire incident is going to be torn apart," he said during a news briefing at police headquarters. "... As we speak, additional information is coming forward. Every officer who was there, their conduct is being reviewed," said Diaz, noting that a supervisor was on the scene that night. "There's a lot more to this incident that needs to be dealt with."
We agree with Diaz!