Prosecutor Won't Charge People Who Attack Cops If They Are Resisting Arrest

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has said his office won't prosecute assaults that result from resisting arrest.

UPDATE: The prosecutor's office is disputing some of this information. The response can be seen at this link.

King County, WA – Some law enforcement officers in King County feel like the prosecutor has declared open season on them after his office announced it would no longer prosecute assaults on officers that were the result of a suspect resisting arrest.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s position on assaults on law enforcement officers in his county was revealed after his office failed to charge a drunk woman who kicked an officer in the crotch, KTTH reported.

The 20-year-old suspect was wearing leather boots when she administered the kick.

She was arrested, but was ultimately not charged with assaulting the officer, according to KTTH.

Satterberg’s office told KTTH via email that they will only charge assault in the third degree (assault on a police officer), “if the assault can best be described as an intentional attack on the officer and the officer has an injury or experiences significant pain as a result of the assault.”

This brings up the problem with the prosecutor’s definition of “intentional,” and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht called him out on it.

“From my reading of the deputy’s report, I would say it would seem like it was an intentional kick at the deputy,” Sheriff Johanknecht said. “And that I truly believe him when he says he was in pain about that. You know there’s all kinds of things that come into play here, as you know, as to filing guidelines and all those other things … but I believe the deputy was hurt, not enough to, thank goodness, be hospitalized. But a lot of pain.”

But the prosecutor’s office pointed to the fact they believed the suspect was inebriated at the time of the incident.

“Certainly, the suspect’s mental state did not diminish the pain the officer involved experienced as a result of her actions, but it does affect our ability to prove an intentional assault,” a spokesman for Satterberg’s office told KTTH.

The spokesman pointed to the charging guidelines and said the prosecutor’s office was following the standards.

“That [standard] is wrong on so many levels and makes it open season on LEO’s. It’s infuriating,” one deputy told KTTH.

The sheriff said she doesn’t think the policy is well-known to the public.

“I think the general public would be surprised by how the filing standards describe that from the prosecutor’s office,” Sheriff Johanknecht told KTTH. “Again, to be clear, I’m not trying to be critical of Mr. Satterberg’s office. I’m just coming from the law enforcement slant of this… you know, we do go out of the way in training to try to avoid physical contact with people… There are just times when you have to place your hands on people and when they resist, it is very frustrating. Very frustrating for me, very frustrating for my deputies.”

She said more law enforcement officers will be injured if a suspect knows that they won’t be charged with assault when they resist arrest.

The sheriff said the county prosecutor needed “to rethink this” and expressed a desire to work with Satterberg to come to a consensus.

Sheriff Johanknecht hoped “there’s opportunity to compromise on some of these things since every law enforcement agency deals with this more regularly each and every day.”

Comments (74)
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Skidoo
Skidoo

So the condensed version of this story is if you are drunk at the time of arrest it's OK to assault a police officer. Liquor sales in King County are going to skyrocket.

alfyb
alfyb

Where in hell do these types of prosecutors (so called) come from?

Riverrat34653
Riverrat34653

Is this the standard for all assault arrests or only against police? Will intoxication become a defense against all crimes?

kdgahr
kdgahr

I think prosecutor Satterberg should let the inebriated woman kick him in the crotch and see if he might possibly think there was intent to cause pain. Of course, possibly he has no balls, so no pain. When are our law enforcement officers going to be backed by the court system?

walkintall
walkintall

Based on both this and another story (on the Philadelphia prosecutor's stand on DUI) I have got to wonder why on Earth King County and Philadelphia don't simply disband their respective policing agencies and let everyone fend for themselves? These behaviors on the part of the leaders of these jurisdictions are, apparently, just what the voters who elected them want. At least to this reader, it doesn't seem like either of these two places want anything whatsoever to do with law enforcement officers. MEGO.

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

So for those of you thinking about law enforcement in the Seattle/king County area of WA, think twice. The “libtards” are running the asylum and it is getting worse.

1sam80
1sam80

Well brothers and sisters move to the Eastside of the state where Republicans control the PA positions let the wetside got to heck

yelyana
yelyana

Didn't know the "Prosecutor" had the right to be the judge and jury. Interesting concept! So much for lawyers 'policing' themselves. Isn't this a violation of their oath? and ethics?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Misleading headline. Same author, nonetheless.

You can still be charged with assault if you strike an officer advertently and if they were injured by the strike.

Golfgodptk
Golfgodptk

Let's kick Satterberg in the balls and see how HE likes it!!!

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

Funny, I think I could find a reason to not arrest someone for beating his ass too.

Grog
Grog

Liberal judges and these liberal prosecutors need to GO!!!!

HFD120
HFD120

Prosecutor already running for reelection. Wants to be able to brag about conviction ratio to arrests. He's a poor excuse for a servant of the people.

Sailor
Sailor

I will be critical of moron Satterberg if they won't...he is obviously anti-police in attitude and demeanor. He is a punk that needs some payback. Taking the high road with idiots like this does not work.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

More BS from these Snowflake prosecutors!

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Is he another one of Soros’ guys?

TxFlgirl
TxFlgirl

Well you don’t have to criticize, but I can! What the hell is he thinking?! BLM, I’m sick of the hypocrisy! If that’s how the prosecutors office feels, I’d make sure their numbers are blocked from calling 911 when they need it. I know, I know, it’s not realistic. But maybe they should think about that, who are they going to call when they need help?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Roll tape.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

So what this means is that all the policeman in that county should get the blue flu

Wish505
Wish505

If I were an officer employed by any agency in Kings County I would be looking for employment else where. Then again there are those who would want to stay because all they want to do is drive around and wave a sign saying hey look at me don't I look pretty.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Someone needs to explain to this prosecutor that an arrest is not a mutual fight.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

They come from George Soros! The progressives, given millions by Moveon.org and George Soros to elect progressives. They elected one in Philadelphia and Texas plus countless others. Just like our schools, it has taken over 30 years to accomplish this and it is finally coming to fruition and they will soon be in every major Socialist City, County and State. The three largest Socialist Countries, Venezuela, Facebook and Twitter are also to blame.🤔

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Next, this dipsh*t will be charging officers when a subject resists arrest. He seems that stupid!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I'm sincerely praying a drunk woman wearing steel toed boots kicks the hell out Mr. Satterberg right in his family jewels so hard that his balls come out his pie hole!! And let him realize there's not a damn thing he can do about it "because his office doesn't prosecute unintentional assault"! F--king liberal piece of s--t!!

dragonmas40
dragonmas40

Well the imported liberals from Cali over the years have finally destroyed western Washington. Liberalism will destroy thus country and turn it into another Venezuela, but no body cares.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Time to pack up n let these libnuts police themselves..cuz they already are

HH3
HH3

It’s time that LEO’s started picking the drunk and disorderly and dropping them off at the homes of these DA’s! Then we will see how quickly they change their minds !!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

This defies common sense. There are laws on the books for a reason.

pixiepup
pixiepup

How is a prosecutor able to not follow the law?? Being drunk is not a reason to let a person assault an officer. This person made a choice to get drunk and suffer the consequences if they break the law and resist an officer! Ridiculous that prosecutor is saying the kick was not intentional. If person was RESISTING ARREST then it was intentional! The end result is also right. They will be giving anybody being arrested the incentive and right to resist a officer. This is crazy!

Stanracer
Stanracer

This police hating prosecutor is s total idiot and should be fired. Immediately!!!

Daughter
Daughter

stupid ass prosecutor!!Let him be an officer for a day or two and him wrestle with crazy person or get stabbed or shot in the process and tell him to get a lawyer.....HIMSELF!!!some people have NO BRAINS AT ALL😡😡😡

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Next time call a babysitter.

jerry 8842
jerry 8842

I agree this man should be kicked in the balls and let him see what it is like. I am a retired Law enforcement officer and have had that happen to me two times, One was when I came home from the military in the late 60's when I came through large air port and again a few years later during an arrest of a DUI person ( a female). Mr. Satterberg need to work with Law Enforcement rather than against them. Another words sir get your head out of your ass.

CharlesC.
CharlesC.

Well maybe officers should refuse to arrest someone assaulting a member of that prosecutors office and staff. What's next, refusal to charge drug dealers because they're just trying to get gold teeth and jewelry or refuse to charge junkies for breaking in entering or robbery because they cant help that they're druggies? I would say that this prosecutor is about as pathetic as they come and should me immediately removed from office for failing to adhere to the responsibilities of his office.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

"But the prosecutor’s office pointed to the fact they believed the suspect was inebriated at the time of the incident"

So that makes punting him in the nuts okay? Will shooting him be okay too just because they're a little tipsy at the time and not in control of their mental capacities at the time?

I have to wonder whose side this guy's on anyway. I know I wouldn't want to work with him.....

Rushie Russian
Rushie Russian

I beg your pardon, but, WHAT?

chiefd
chiefd

I guess this idiot, who calls himself a prosecutor, would rather just have the cops shoot the assaulting assholes.

anna4599
anna4599

He needs to lose his damn job. What a piece of shit.

Fighting4u
Fighting4u

I hope he never needs to cal 911!!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Well now...the prosecutor could have an "accident". Problem solved. The clinton's make undesireables disappear often.

PSC 1060
PSC 1060

Why would anyone be in law enforcement anymore

LesH
LesH

Wouldn't that be something if the prosecutor suffered a bad beating by someone who is prosecuting and the police did not arrest them because he was prosecuting them they had a right to Beat his ass. Tables turned.

daprhu
daprhu

A judge in Murfeesboro, TN years ago had the same attitude. His logic was that the officer should expect resistance to being arrested. Caused me and two other officers to get sued because he threw the resisting charge out. The suit never went past the depositions, but I always wondered how many others got sued because of that idiot.

Paul S
Paul S

As an alternative how about resisting arrest must always result in a hospital stay for an arrestee before he/she is booked. Would that work? It would until these ass hat prosecutors get judges and legislators to rule cops can no longer defend themselves. California anyone ???