YAKMA – Yakima Police say an officer who used pepper spray on a teen and knocked him down while breaking up a fight has been placed on desk duty pending an investigation.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Officer Ian Cole kicked the 17-year-old boy in the backside at the Central Washington State Fair on Sunday. A bystander captured the incident on video on posted it on Facebook.
Interim Chief Gary Jones said the department in investigating whether the officer’s actions were justified.
But the lawyer representing the teen, Bill Pickett, questions whether the department can conduct a fair investigation.
Pickett said the teen was attacked by a group of youths and tried to protect himself.
Police said four of the 15 people involved in the fight were arrested for investigation of fighting, a misdemeanor.
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