If any of you wish, pray that God show SPD officer Hay and SPD officer Keller and Seattle city attorney Holmes the right way!
Although Seattle police are usually excellent, friendly, cheerful, courteous and helpful, it appears that 2 SPD officers and the city attorneys office of Seattle place a higher value on the safety of police officers than they do of the safety of a member of the public.
I am david zaitzeff and on July 18, 2018, I was arrested and charged with felony assault in a situation which any of you can find and read in the news, in a distorted version. I was arrested and charged with felony assault for the use of pepper spray on a former Marine who was unhappy with some of my legal behavior.
It is not helpful now to give you much of the details.
I used pepper spray and I was charged with felony assault.
Now, the one thing interesting about this is that in the May Day 2013 evening protest, one Seattle police officer used pepper spray on persons in close proximity to him. We actually know a tremendous amount of details of that situation, because it was recorded on video and it is up on youtube, and because the officer gave a written statement about his use of pepper spray and reasons why, if any.
The officer used a pepper spray exploding ball and at a slightly different point, he used his pepper spray canister.
Now, there is no doubt that the crowd of May day 2013 was rowdy and some of it was unruly and a problem. Some of the people who go to an evening May day protest are inclined to violence.
Lets notice the motivation that officer Burns gives for the use of pepper spray. He did it, he says, to “create . . . safety.”
We don’t really know how many, if any, of those that Burns sprayed were attacking him at the time or had been pushing him, if any. In the video of the incident, it somewhat appears that perhaps none of those sprayed by Burns had been attacking him, but we can’t see all the exact details.
Burns was in a dangerous situation. Burns used his pepper spray on others in a dangerous situation to create or improve his safety. Burns created a use of force report and a statement and his use of force and statement were reviewed. His conduct was found approved, per policy, justified and reasonable.
Officer Burns used his pepper spray for his safety and to encourage people to move in a desired direction. Action proper and reasonable. Good or questionable.
I was in “a situation” where I out for a peaceful walk, where I had a right to be and doing what I had a right to do, speaking of prior to the time of use of spray. I used pepper spray; I was arrested and charged with felony assault.
Officer Burns used pepper spray to create or increase the safety of himself and officers and his conduct was approved.
I used pepper spray and officers Hay and Keller did not care about my safety at the time of its use and to this day, the city attorney’s office under Pete Holmes chooses not to care about my safety at the time.
Two Seattle police officers place a higher value on the safety of their own officers than they do of members of the public, or so it appears to me. The city attorney’s office places a higher value on the safety of its police officers than it places on the safety of members of the public out for a peaceful walk, or so it appears to me.
Those who wish, pray that God show the right way to Hay, Keller and Holmes.
Now, the Bible also happens to say that God curses the wicked. I don’t know how that works with Jesus being sweet and gentle and meek and mild, as the Bible says he is. We normally do not think of Jesus cursing many people, if any at all.
But, some of you may wish to pray more passionately. If so, in addition to praying that God show Hay, Keller and Holmes the right way, there is this prayer from the Psalms.
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. Psalm 68:1,2.