A Seattle police officer seen on video posted to social media earlier this week walking his bike over the head of a protester lying on the ground has been suspended while authorities investigate the incident.
The officer will be placed on administrative leave after the head of the city’s civilian-led Office of Police Accountability, Andrew Myerberg, asked for a criminal investigation into the matter, citing “potential violations” of police policy “as well as potential criminal conduct.”
Neither the officer nor the protester have been officially named.
In a statement, the Seattle Police Department said Thursday that it had referred the incident to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
“During the demonstration that occurred last night, the Seattle Police Department was notified of an incident where, on video, it appears an SPD officer walked the wheels of his bicycle over an individual lying in the street,” the department said, adding that it