LA Detective Clears Officers, Critiques Department For “Mexican Piss” Incident


A Los Angeles police detective’s report requested by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office found that two Seattle police officers acted reasonably when they stomped on a prone Latino man last spring, but faulted the department for what he deemed tactical and investigative lapses.

The report by Gregory McKnight, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, played a role in last week’s decision by city attorneys to not bring misdemeanor assault charges against the officers.

The April 17 incident generated widespread publicity and condemnation, in part because one of the officers, Shandy Cobane, was captured on videotape telling the Latino man he was going to “beat the [fucking] Mexican piss out of you, homey. You feel me?”

McKnight, who reviewed the Seattle police investigative file, including audio and video footage, found that using profanity is acceptable in some situations, but “a racial slur should never be used.”