Bainbridge cop suspended for following councilor

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A Bainbridge Island police officer who followed a city councilwoman after a meeting and revealed her whereabouts in newspaper comment sections has been suspended.

Police Chief Jon Fehlman told Officer Scott Weiss his actions impacted the reputation of the department and trust of elected officials.

The Kitsap Sun obtained documents of a Washington State Patrol investigation in which Weiss admitted he saw Councilwoman Kim Brackett's car at the home of a councilman after a meeting and then commented about it on the Sun's website.

The Sun reports (http://bit.ly/uWhwx9 ) Brackett told WSP investigators she felt harassed and intimidated.

Weiss is suspended from Nov. 9 to Dec. 3. He is the Bainbridge police union president and had been concerned the council was considering dissolving the force and contracting with the sheriff's office.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/