February 27, 2009 in Region

Video shows King Co. deputy beating teen girl

Associated Press
The video of the beating is available from the Seattle P-I at seattlepi.nwsource.com.

SEATTLE — Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County sheriff’s deputy shows a deputy kicking a young girl, slamming her to the floor of a jail cell, striking her repeatedly and pulling her hair.

The attack begins after the girl entered the cell and kicked off one of her shoes toward the deputy.

The video released is part of an assault case in which Deputy Paul Schene is accused of using excessive force on the 15-year-old girl, who was being held in a cell at the suburban SeaTac City Hall. Schene was charged with fourth-degree assault earlier this month. On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty in Superior Court.

Court papers indicate the November incident started after the girl was brought in for an auto theft investigation.

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