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FBI Cracking Down on Police Violence Against a Seattle Student

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is only natural for college kids to get into some trouble during their time in school. College students across the United States often participate in excess partying, underage drinking, and any form of rambunctious and reckless activity. While we generally expect lawful behavior from college students, it is important to remember that most of these partying students can still be teenagers, even though they are legally adults. In spite of this, when the cops come knocking on the door of that party, every student in there could potentially face life-altering criminal charges for what was really just an unfortunate, youthful mistake. In extreme cases, cops can enter and end up brutalizing or attacking students that just thought they were up to a little mischief.

In one recent example of this, a Seattle student at the University of Washington was attacked by overzealous cops and left with several unnecessary injuries. David Pontecorvo was attending a party when police responded to a noise complaint. Police entered the house where the party was being held and made a particularly rough arrest of one of the attendees. David and some other students upon witnessing this, decided to film the officers. They alerted the officers to the fact that they were being filmed, when all of a sudden, the officers turned on David and attacked him. David was left with serious injuries, including a broken nose and cheekbone.

Civil Action

David has since taken legal action against the city of Seattle for the incident, which occurred in 2012. The city settled on an agreement of $100,000 for the lawsuit. What is troubling is that these officers still have not seen any repercussions or consequence for their overly aggressive behavior. All to often we never see officers suffer any sort of actions taken against them for overstepping their bounds or brutalizing the people they arrest. To make matters worse, now two years after the incident, and after the civil trial has concluded, the police that attacked David have not faced any consequences.

FBI Investigation

According to a report from the Seattle Times, the FBI has since opened up an investigation into the incident. For David, this is a relief, as he is concerned that the police involved have not suffered any disciplinary consequences and are likely still out possibly causing even more injuries to people. With a full investigation, there may finally be some action taken against these violent police.

This story is one that can be all to common on college campuses nationwide. If you are a student and facing charges, don't hesitate to contact an attorney. Criminal charges can be life-altering and severely impact your education and your job search long after. Contact Steve Karimi today to see what your options are.

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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