VIDEO: YMCA Demands Cops Be Punished For Arrest Of Teen, Traumatizing Employee

The YMCA refused to hand over video footage until Oct. 29, then complained about the length of the investigation.

Kirkland, WA – The YMCA of Greater Seattle has accused the Kirkland Police Department (KPD) of using “excessive force” while arresting a combative teen inside a youth recreation facility in September (video below).

According to the YMCA, KPD officers violated the safe space that employees at the Teen Union Building (KTUB) strive to create, KOMO reported.

KPD spokesperson Kellie Stickney said that the officers were justified in responding to the youth center to apprehend the wanted suspect.

“We think the facts clearly demonstrate that they were,” Stickney told KOMO.

According to a joint statement from KPD Chief Cherie Harris and Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett, the KTUB is a “city owned facility operated under contract by the YMCA.”

The series of events began at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sept. 5, when a Juanita High School school resource officer (SRO) was alerted that a group of teens were planning to attack a student, according to the joint statement.

The group of teens was also accused of trespassing on school grounds.

“The SRO was told that the young men had been asked to leave the campus multiple times by staff,” the statement read. “The SRO initiated an investigation, and the young men fled school property.”

Four more calls involving the group of teens came in to the 911 dispatch center that day, police said.

One caller reported that a teen dressed in a red shirt and khaki pants stole a package from outside a home.

The homeowner’s doorbell camera captured the offense, and police were able to obtain a photo of the suspect to disseminate to on-duty officers, according to the joint statement.

Police also received reports that the group stole a tip jar from a local business, and that they stole property from a citizen at a local transit station.

The victim from the transit station later spotted at a suspect entering the KTUB and alerted police.

According to investigators, the description of the suspect matched the individual in the doorbell camera photo, and also matched the description police had been receiving of the suspect throughout the day.

Security footage showed the teen playing on a drum set inside the KTUB as officers arrived at the building.

Another teen allowed police inside the facility, where they were immediately met by an intern, according to the joint statement.

The intern then escorted the officers to the room where the suspect was playing the drums.

Although the room had a security camera, the video released by the YMCA did not show the officers as they made contact with the 14-year-old suspect.

They did release footage of what occurred outside the room.

The video showed the teen as he emerged from the doorway, pulling away from the officer with his fist clenched.

The officer maintained his hold on the suspect from behind, then quickly spun him around and took him to the ground while keeping his head from hitting the ground.

The teen continued to resist the officers by pulling his arms and legs towards his torso, but he ultimately rolled onto his stomach and was taken into custody.

Officers later learned that the 14-year-old boy had an outstanding warrant out of Everett.

The KPD also charged him with third-degree theft.

Chief Harris launched an internal investigation into the arrest later in September, after the YMCA notified Triplett and Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet that they were concerned about how police handled the incident.

The ongoing investigation includes “a formal use of force review, interviews of witnesses, a review of the police report, 9-1-1 calls, and multiple video recordings from KTUB,” according to the joint statement.

According to Stickney, the YMCA refused to provide KPD with security footage of the incident until Oct. 29, which further delayed the investigation, the Kirkland Reporter reported.

City leaders have also met with members of the YMCA several times to discuss their concerns and to provide background information about the incident, according to the joint statement.

But according to YMCA of Greater Seattle President and CEO Loria Yeadon, the city isn’t doing enough.

"We’re disappointed at the City’s lack of timely action,” Yeadon said in a statement to KCPQ. “We feel it is necessary to bring this incident to the community to encourage the City of Kirkland to immediately complete its investigation, take appropriate disciplinary action, and improve protocols in the future to ensure the safety and respect for all."

Yeadon declared that the officers’ “behavior and the level of force were unacceptable and cannot be condoned anywhere in our community, especially in a safe place for teens,” KCPQ reported.

Program director Antoine Jackson said that one of the officers swore at him when he offered to help them during the boy’s arrest, KOMO reported.

“[They] slammed him to the ground, pushed his head to the floor, and with a knee in his back, handcuffed him to the ground,” Jackson said.

“I immediately let the officer know I was the center director, that I was here to assist, to try and deescalate the situation as much as possible,” Jackson told the Kirkland Reporter. “The officer responded to me by telling me to ‘get the f--k out of his face, and to back up.’”

Triplett and Chief Harris said in their joint statement that the officer “admits to swearing.”

“This is not acceptable behavior in this situation,” they said. “The Kirkland Police Department acknowledges this and will respond appropriately.”

The YMCA said the one of the officers also pointed a Taser at another teen during the altercation, KOMO reported.

The YMCA has demanded that the KPD discipline the officers involved, and said that the entire police force should undergo additional training, KOMO reported.

“The emotional impact of an incident like this will stick with people forever,” Yeadon declared. “We say no more – no more.”

Yeadon also noted that the officers involved in the arrest were white, and that Jackson and the two teens involved in the complaint were all black, The Seattle Times reported.

“I am calling for better, and asking for more, of the people who serve our community,” she said. “We’d also like to see better sensitivity and bias training.”

KCPQ reports that one of the staff members was unable to return to work after experiencing the trauma of the event.

Triplett and Chief Harris said the city is working to “develop better systems for responding to these types of situations.”

“We understand that it is human nature to experience events differently based on our backgrounds and circumstances,” their statement read. “We take very seriously the ways in which this event was experienced by KTUB staff and youth. Kirkland is committed to continuing an ongoing dialogue to increase understanding of our differing perspectives and make any necessary changes to create deeper, stronger relationships.”

You can watch a portion of the officers’ encounter with the combative teen in the video below:

Comments (90)
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Amitzah Mitzvah
Amitzah Mitzvah

Should the police have stood there and allow the teen that was obviously getting ready to Sprint? Maybe they should have said purty plaze kin we put these here handcuffs on your arms.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The psychological reality of this scenario is that the kid (who was bent on making a prick of himself) will only have a grudging respect for the officer taking him down, and not the social-engineering limp wrist elitists who think they buy acceptance by excusing his criminality.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

“KCPQ reports that one of the staff members was unable to return to work after experiencing the trauma of the event.”

Probably getting paid in the process, next you will have people getting upset and having PTSD from watching videos of misbehaving teenage kids getting arrested by the police and getting workmen’s comp for it

tfort
tfort

Man, this foul language has to stop. Cops want to claim being professional, yet use that type of language. No where near a professional.

Frank R
Frank R

All I saw was a quick and pretty gentle takedown of a fleeing suspect. I didn't even see this supposed knee in the back but what else is new, It is Seattle after all.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Snowflakes on parade

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

If the national YMCA doesn't correct these bullshit statements by the communist YMCA in Seattle--an infested cesspool of communist filth--then as far as I'm concerned the entire organization can shove it's head up it's ass. Fuck Seattle, fuck Portland, fuck the communist infection, and purge the fucking educational system.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It seemed like everything worked perfectly to me.

officers violated the safe space that employees at the Teen Union Building (KTUB) strive to create

Um, you mean a make-believe lawless zone, intended to protect (alleged) thieves like this kid and other criminals.

Yeadon also noted that the officers involved in the arrest were white, and that Jackson and the two teens involved in the complaint were all black

Racist imbecile.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Exemplary response, from a seasoned Cop. But, now, I get it the suspect is Bleck. So , now he is a victim. Everyone here needs to follow Colinflaherty on Minds.com for daily updates of this insanity!

Aramovich
Aramovich

Trauma? C'mon, the kids see far worse than that on TV before 5 PM.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

"Safe space"? "staff members was unable to return to work after experiencing the trauma of the event."

Really??? 14 yrs old and he's already a deviant. Had a warrant, stole a package, resisting arrest and who knows what else!! He's a criminal!!
Stop coddling criminals!! And you liberal victims are a f••king joke!! Too bad we can't build a wall all the way up the west coast and say bye bye to Libsville!!

stooge819
stooge819

Like "Groundhog Day". Same scene, over and over and over. Yawn.

Wish505
Wish505

Folks this is Seattle WA are we to expect any less action from the people in that area towards those who are sworn to protect them. No wonder there is a shortage of officers and a growing concern of a even lesser presence of qualified officers in that area in the future. This director should not of involved himself in the arrest of the perp and they Y was wrong in withholding the video which by the way delayed the investigation of which they complained about. Now what about the video that was not available in the room where the first encounter occurred. Did some one at the Y tamper with evidence?

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime...the new black entitlement.

Jhn
Jhn

I have a solution to the Police "problem" . In all of the areas that have problems with the Police doing their jobs quit responding and have all the police patrol areas like mine where we respect the police and welcome their presence and send all the criminals to places like california that want that type of individual and build a wall to keep them there.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

LCD’S COUSIN AGAIN

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

How about we line up all the cops and summarily execute them, turn the city over to the teenaged hoodlum, make him mayor and pay him $20 million? We all know it was a right-wing conspiracy against the YMCA (yeah that damned song is stuck in my head) to condemn their "safe space," and turn the kids into neo-nazis.

rds40
rds40

The staff should have been fired then because they aren't suited for the job.

Karma59
Karma59

Why is the YMCA creating a safe space for criminals? They should use him as an example of what they will not tolerate on their premises...thieves, thugs, criminals of every stripe!! The safe space should be for those that do not want to participate in illegal activities.

portManaT13
portManaT13

That city needs two (2) solid months of anarchy--NO LEO presence at, or response to, ANY event. In essence that is what the YMCA director is advocating for in his/her/its statement. Why be a LEO in a "crotch-rot" city like that!!!

gfc1963
gfc1963

He diod not get SLAMMED to the ground as the woman says. He got taken to the ground, there was a brief struggle and then the hadncuffs went on.. If people are 'traumatised' by that then they should not watch a cartoon!

RB2207
RB2207

If they want to harbor criminals then they should lose city funding. The Officers were doing their job, the teen decided to take it to the next level and resist, the Officer responded as he should have. Everyone else that works/volunteers/interns at the site should have stepped back and let the Officers do their job. After that they can ask questions to which they can be told relevant answers.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

YMCA of Greater Seattle President and CEO Loria Yeadon

Stanracer
Stanracer

Looks to me like the officers did exactly what they are trained to do. People want the police to do their job, but they sure don't like see it done. Sometimes police procedure gets confused with excessive force. This is clearly one of those times.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Looks to me like the police did their job exactly the way they are trained to do it. No "excessive" force here.☺👍

javaguy746
javaguy746

Looks to me like the YMCA do not want outside help. Then why did they call for help? IF you do not want the police help, then DO NOT CALL THEM. And when it doesn't go the way you thought it was going to, it's on you. BUT don't call them to clean up your mess and tell them their job, it's too late.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

YMCA:

Youths May Claim Assault, Young Men Contact Attorney, You May Call Antifa, Yet More Crazy A-holes, Yo Momma Can't Assist

Come on, keep it going ...

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Sue the moron making this statement for Slander and Character Assassination. This crap needs to STOP

Littlekittykat
Littlekittykat

What?? I see nothing wrong with this. It was a pretty standard take down of an uncooperative subject. Yet another black unable to act like a civilized person. So are the police supposed to say "Pretty please sir, with sugar on top" and when they don't listen just walk away. Yeah, that will lower crime.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Trauma? Hell they live worse than that on the block in the hood..typical libnut response from ymca..that thug punk needs a good ass beating.but your honor he is such a good boy

Marine.001
Marine.001

Go to ur safe space and color, we have a whole set of every color crayons ever made. All these sissy’s need to wake up and realize the real world. The take down was soft, also the little shit shouldn’t have been being an asshole. Wow look at that language

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

There’s nothing wrong with how these officers responded. I am sick and tired of morons claiming Police brutality with these uncontrollable, violent perpetrators. What are they supposed to do say “I don’t like it when you’re being violent stop hurting my feelings Pretty Please!”

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

Next time DON'T call the police.

BanditOne
BanditOne

So where's the drama of this emotional arrest? The thug resisted, the officer took control and chuffed him in front of two employees. The others arrived after and appears to be no customers in the facility, so again, where is this drama? Liberals are just so so so sensitive that they should never watch a movie, football game or play "Call of Duty".

LEO0301
LEO0301

The reactions of the SJW to this arrest might explain why children have no respect for the laws. They are so used to getting their way and being defended for being little heathens, they no longer respond to anything other than force. An to the YMCA director, if you want only black officers to respond to crimes committed by blacks you need to make a special request in writing. Everyone knows that!

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand what does race have to do with this? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand who called the officers there in the first place? You invite us in because you are a whiny snivelling little pissant, we do our job, and now you are traumatized from seeing real life police right before your eyes? SERIOUSLY? This snowflake sh*t has got to stop!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Sounds like the YMCA was harboring a fugitive and interfering with an investigation.

Traumatized by the arrest? Pansy tree hugger

Forbidden
Forbidden

they said he pushed the staff member?! he lightly put his hand on his back because he ran into the trash can.

1cajunboy
1cajunboy

This is not a "safe haven" if Police have evidence that their suspect conlmmited a crime or other... If organizations are allowed to protect criminal element merely because a teen can evade police, no justice will ever be served.
What if the teen had a warrant for allegedly killing someone else outside the building. This is no different than a church or synogogue scenario. They cannot hide an alleged perp just because the yell sanctuary