Man kicked by Seattle police files lawsuit



SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed in a case where Seattle police officers kicked a Latino man while using anti-Mexican language.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday. Martin Monetti says that his civil rights were violated by police using unnecessary force, among other allegations. It names the city, as well as Seattle police officers Shandy Cobane and Mary L. Woollum.

In April, 2010, Seattle police officers responding to a robbery call outside a nightclub stopped Monetti. A video shot by a freelance videographer shows officers kicking him and using a racial epithet, sparking ire from the city’s Latino leaders.

Last month, Seattle Police chief John Diaz suspended Cobane for 30 days, removed him from the gang unit and assigned him to do community work with Latinos.

Monetti is seeking unspecified damages.