The idea that one must embarrass a police department into doing its job might seem … what, shocking? Distressing? Ridiculous? (gulp!) Normal?
Welcome to Seattle.
Christine Clarridge of The Seattle Times reports:
Marquand decided to file a police report since she had the man’s photo and thought the incident should be on the record.
But when she went to the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct and asked to make a report, the female officer at the front desk seemed uninterested and told Marquand it was unlikely the man could be charged.
The officer, however, took down the basic details.
“Then she asked me to describe his appearance and I’m like, ‘But I have the photo right here, do you want to see it at least?’ and she didn’t even want to see it,” Marquand said.
She finally persuaded the officer to look at the photo.
Marquand came away from the encounter completely dissatisfied. That’s when she decided to turn to social media.
On Monday, she posted the man’s photo on her Twitter and Facebook accounts, saying, “This dude groped me in Seattle yesterday. Cops didn’t want the pic.”
In her tweet, she mentioned SPD’s Twitter handle and that of a few media outlets.
Within a few hours, Seattle police contacted Marquand and said her case, along with the alleged groper’s photo, had been assigned to a detective.
Police spokesman Drew Fowler said Tuesday it wasn’t the tweet itself that caused police to re-evaluate her case, but rather it alerted the department to a “deficiency” in the way her case was handled.
The litany of shame surrounding the Seattle Police Department is obscene.