KCSO Detective given 5 days suspension for pulling gun on Shoreline motorcyclist

Monday, April 16, 2018

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht held a press conference on Monday to announce that the off duty King County detective who pulled a gun on a speeding Shoreline motorcyclist on N 145th last summer will get 5 days suspension without pay.

Johanknecht disciplined Detective Richard Rowe for his lack of courtesy, failure to identify himself immediately, and for holding his gun in the horizontal position instead of tipped down in the "low-ready" position.

The motorcyclist, Alex Randall of Shoreline, admitted that he was speeding and may have cut off Rowe's vehicle. He was unarmed, but moved his hand in a way that prompted the detective to pull his gun.

Randall, who wanted a harsher punishment for the officer, has said that he feared for his life during the confrontation, which was filmed from start to finish with Randall's GoPro.

The Seattle Times published a long story today - read it here


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