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EMT cleared in protest clash claims officer lied about assault

Video evidence shows that EMT Maria Morales did not assault officers during a May Day rally

By EMS1 Staff

SEATTLE — A Seattle EMT cleared of an alleged attack on two police officers says officers lied to cover up excessive force used on her during a protest demonstration.

Maria Morales ,30, was taking part in the May Day demonstration in downtown Seattle when a police officer said she was punched by Morales, according to the Seattle PI.

The allegations caused Morales to lose her job as an EMT and her apartment , and cost her thousands in attorneys' fees.

Video evidence from the riot, however, went against what police officers claimed Morales did.

"It's a complete fabrication, and the reason that we know that is because it was on video," Morales' attorney, Darryl Parker, said. "The statement of probable cause that led to her arrest is completely false."

Parker alleges that Seattle police violated Morales' civil rights, assaulted her and lied to prosecutors to ensure that she would be charged.

He also said that during the May Day rally, Morales was pulled by officers and thrown onto her stomach and pepper sprayed and handcuffed before being arrested under suspicion of assault. Officers filed a statement Morales had punched an officer and kicked a second and disobeyed them.

Parker told the paper that he expects to serve a lawsuit on the City of Seattle soon, although no amount of damages have been specified.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:27:59 PM Ms. Morales, I certainly do hope you sue the city. It is a thankless job that fire and EMS personnel do to begin with, but to have that that we serve along side of reach into the crowd and pull you out and then assault you is unconscionable. It is even worse that they lied to cover themselves. You absoluteness should get your job back, AND the city should obtain an apartment for you, in addition to whatever damages you can soak them for! I for one say thank you, and apologize for the horrid treatment you received by overzealous and crooked police officers! (I am not from Seattle, live on the East Coast).
Zoey Bear Tur Zoey Bear Tur Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:40:37 PM Lets hope that justice is served with the arrest and conviction of both officers for violating the civil rights under color of authority of Ms. Morales
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:12:06 PM Unfortunately having Ms.Morales won't be able to regain all she lost. But I have a feeling that in the long run the police officer(s) that lied and "ruined" her life will lose much more than she has. And I'd say she will be awarded more through the courts than she had before.
Kevin Hanes Kevin Hanes Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:49:50 PM Just proves the fact that some officers like to act like mercenaries!
Kuklinski TheAwkwardartist Kuklinski TheAwkwardartist Friday, December 28, 2012 11:16:04 AM FUCK THE POLICE!!
Mark Stone Mark Stone Friday, December 28, 2012 11:47:14 AM wonder why cops get no respect cause some but not all don't know how to give it. Why don't they get there... out and get drug dealers?
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Friday, December 28, 2012 2:53:09 PM If you are going to participate in violent riots supporting violent acts on police, expect consequences even if you did not actually do the violence. Those who are standing behind this EMT need to research the situation a little more. If the FD and EMS were not entering this zone because of the violence, what makes you think supporting violence is okay? Do you feel it is okay to be part of a group which threatens police, fire and EMS?
Lennard Fadlen Lennard Fadlen Friday, December 28, 2012 8:29:15 PM sue the pants of them, emt''s are a vauluble asset to any city as much as police officers... so sue sue.
Kristi B Dahl Kristi B Dahl Friday, December 28, 2012 9:00:29 PM that cop totally grabbed her and dragged her into a confrontation. She should get what ever is coming to her!
Dotten Eric Dotten Eric Sunday, December 30, 2012 12:29:22 PM Obviously, these officers were wrong and should be equally terminated and prosecuted. HoweverMs Morales should known better than getting that close to the action while tempers were high.
Andrew Bush Andrew Bush Monday, April 29, 2013 9:02:38 PM I am afraid there are many many out there who unfortunately didn't have video evidence of their innocence. Seattle police are creating a very large population of unemployable people and doing it through lies. Imagine working through school and training and all the cost involved only to have it all taken away by a couple of liars with badges. Seattle police have been exposed to defraud the entire city of Seattle for a system of accountability that never existed for at least DOCUMENTED YEARS! Its disgusting when so many were proven beaten some permanently disabled and not ONE charge and all still have a badge. Its frightening what the Seattle police have done and continue to do to the people of Seattle. nearly 100 % of all Seattle cops do not live in Seattle either. Ain't that a kick. Best of luck Maria Morales. You are one of the lucky ones.
Andrew Bush Andrew Bush Monday, April 29, 2013 9:03:55 PM both officers still have a badge. neither was held accountable. That's Seattle.
Andrew Bush Andrew Bush Monday, April 29, 2013 9:05:58 PM No... They havent. Both officers still have a badge and there is no word of any accountability. Its really bad here in Seattle. People have no idea just how corrupt the entire department is.

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