Man Files Suit Against SPD For “Mexican Piss” Incident

The Latino man who SPD officer Shandy Cobane infamously threatened to “beat the fucking Mexican piss out of” last year has filed a federal lawsuit against the city.


The suit, brought by Martin Monetti Jr., the target of the officer’s comment, was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

It seeks general and punitive damages for alleged civil-rights violations, unreasonable use of force, assault and battery, outrageous conduct, emotional harm and intentional discrimination.

“What Officer Shandy Cobane and Officer Mary Woollum did to me was wrong,” Monetti, 22, said during a news conference Wednesday.

Cobane, a 17-year officer, was suspended for 30 days last month over the remark — the most severe punishment allowed short of firing.

SPD released this statement following Monetti’s press conference:

Officer Cobane and other officers at the scene were investigating a complaint of a recent nearby armed robbery involving the use of a machete.  The officers had reasonable suspicion to detain Mr. Monetti as they investigated.  This incident was subject to independent review by the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Seattle City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department, all of which determined that the force used was lawful. 

The Seattle Police Department and Officer Cobane have acknowledged that statements made by him to Mr. Monetti during the April 17, 2010 stop were unacceptable.  Chief Diaz has already imposed the most severe discipline available short of termination.