Teen Kicked By Cop In Drug Sting Files $450,000 Claim


Lawyers for a teen who was kicked in the head by an undercover Seattle police officer, in an incident captured on surveillance video last fall, have filed a claim against the city of Seattle seeking a jury trial or a $450,000 settlement.

The 17-year-old Seattle boy said he was the victim of “unjustified and excessive force” inflicted by Officer James J. Lee, according to the claim filed Monday. The teen said Lee kicked him in the genitals and the ribs and “stomped” his face inside a downtown convenience store Oct. 18, according to the claim.

The State Patrol is conducting a criminal investigation of the incident at the request of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. Lee is on administrative reassignment.

The incident happened after Seattle police were attacked while conducting a narcotics buy-bust operation in downtown Seattle.