Teen Kicked By Cop Acquitted In Robbery


Four people — including a teen repeatedly kicked by a Seattle police officer in a widely publicized incident — were acquitted Thursday of charges that they tried to steal money from a Seattle police officer during an undercover drug operation last fall.

One of three men tried in the incident was convicted of third-degree assault on an officer.

Judge Dean Lum found the teen not guilty of attempted first-degree robbery, a charge filed in connection with the alleged attempted theft of money from an undercover Seattle police officer during a buy-bust operation in downtown Seattle on Oct. 18. The teen, who turned 18 last Friday, was tried in juvenile court, while the three other defendants were tried in King County Superior Court.

Surveillance video captured images of the teen being kicked three times by Officer James J. Lee during his arrest after police said an undercover officer was robbed and assaulted.