SEATTLE — A video showing Seattle police officers stomping on a man's head and body and using a racial epithet has prompted an internal investigation by authorities and disgust from the mayor.
One of the officers involved, a 15-year veteran, apologized at a Friday night news conference for his "hateful words."
The incident occurred as Seattle police were responding to an armed robbery call near a nightclub in Seattle's Westlake neighborhood on April 17. Patrons had called police and described the suspects as Hispanic.
The video — shot by a freelance videographer — shows a group of officers surrounding two men lying on the ground.
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At one point, an officer approaches one of the men and can be heard saying: "You got me? I'm going to beat the (expletive) Mexican (expletive) out of you homey. You feel me?"
Soon after, officers kick the man in the head, hand and leg.
It turned out the man was not the robbery suspect, and the officers let him go.
A tearful Detective Shandy Cobane told reporters the words he used "were offensive and unprofessional."
"A day has not passed that I wished I could rewind the events of that night and take back those hateful words," he added.
Cobane apologized to the Latino community, saying, "I know that my words cut deep and were very hurtful."
"Please know that I am truly, truly sorry," the officer said.
Cobane and a female officer seen in the video are both on administrative leave.