NAACP Wants Hate-Crime Charges Against Deputy

NAACP Wants Hate-Crime Charges Against Deputy

Published January 14, 2010

The NAACP wants a Washington state sheriff’s deputy charged with a hate crime for allegedly kicking and punching a Black teen two years ago.

 That teen, Malika Calhoun, who was 15 at the time, testified that Paul Schene, a former King County deputy, assaulted her while she was in custody at City Hall in Seattle. Schene has been charged with fourth-degree assault against Calhoun after his actions were caught on the holding cell surveillance video.

 "At this stage, we would say it should be a hate crime. We're aware that Malika Calhoun has indicated that the ‘N’-word was used on multiple occasions as she was being struck," NAACP President James Bible told

 Testified Calhoun: "I was so scared, I didn't know what to do. I was yelling and screaming and crying."

 Then-rookie deputy Travis Brunner, who also can be seen in the video, described to the jury how Calhoun had kicked a sneaker at Schene, who claims he was injured by the shoe.  He changed Brunner's police report to reflect the injury, he said.

 Under cross-examination, Brunner admitted that rookie deputy reports were routinely changed by supervisors like Schene, reports. Brunner also testified that all of Schene's actions caught on video were taught at the law enforcement academy. He acknowledged that the hair hold takedown was one of the techniques taught.

 Schene could face a maximum of one year in jail if convicted. His attorney says he has not decided whether to put Schene on the stand.


Written by <P>By Staff</P>


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