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Abusive Seattle-area cop complains prosecutors are ‘piling on’

Ex-Tukwila police officer faces a year in jail for abusing arrestee strapped to gurney


Published 6:11 pm, Monday, March 20, 2017



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A former Tukwila police officer who doused a man strapped to a gurney with pepper spray now complains that federal prosecutors are “piling on.”

A former Tukwila police officer who doused a man strapped to a gurney with pepper spray now complains that federal prosecutors are “piling on.”

As the former cop faces up to a year in jail, Nicholas Hogan’s defense attorney claims he has been too harshly treated for abusing an arrestee. Hogan lost not one but two police jobs – he was hired by the city of Snoqualmie’s department after being forced out of Tukwila’s – only to now face a jail term for using his authority to violate the rights of others.


“The defense can only ask, ‘For what purpose?’” defense attorney Wayne Fricke asked rhetorically in a memo to U.S. District Judge John Coughenour, who is expected to sentence Hogan on Tuesday.

“Indeed what can possibly be the reason to penalize Mr. Hogan for long ago conduct three separate times? … Mr. Hogan has suffered enough and any incarceration/prohibitions simply amounts to ‘piling on.’”

Hogan’s suffering, though, doesn’t compare well to the suffering he inflicted on an arrestee on May 21, 2011.

That day, Hogan sprayed pepper spray on a man who was strapped to a hospital gurney at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The man was unable to wipe his…

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