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$7,500 Settlement for Seattle Police Officer Withholding Exculpatory Information

Washington State’s King County paid $7,540.64 to settle the claim of Richard D. Sweat, who was arrested for attempted robbery. During the investigation, Deputy Kirk Rains of the King County Sheriff’s Office was advised that the alleged crime was committed by a Hispanic man with black curly hair. Rains withheld this exculpatory information provided by the store clerk from his police reports and the King County Prosecutor’s office.

As a result, Sweat was held in jail until the prosecutor learned of the information. For his 4 months in jail, he was paid $7,500 and $40.64 in costs. He was represented by attorney John Polito. The documents related to this claim are available on PLN’s website. See: In re Sweat, King County Claim No. 29608.

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In re Sweat

Please see the brief bank for documents related to this claim.