SEATTLE -- The King County Sheriff’s Office is calling for an investigation into an incident where one of its deputies was left to fend for himself while staff at the Youth Service Center, run by the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention stood by, and offered no help.
During the scuffle the deputy was spit on and bitten, and required a trip to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
The incident happened on Tuesday, when a School Resource Officer from Highline High School was transporting a student caught drinking on campus to the center, called the YSC.
Sgt. Cindi West says the deputy was dealing with a combative teen on the drive to the holding facility, and radioed ahead asking for help when he arrived.
“The kid was banging his head against the back window and so the deputy was asking for the gate to be opened, and they didn’t open the gate,” West said.
According to an internal memo sent by the deputy to his command staff, he asked for assistance and was told, “Call your back-up, we are not opening the gate.” Behavior the deputy in question found so egregious he told his commanders he is considering the possibility of asking for criminal charges against the YSC staff.
The deputy ultimately called for help over the radio, and the Seattle Police Department says it sent several officers to help deputy in what is called a “fast back-up,’ according to Renee Witt a police department spokesperson.
Commander William Hayes of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention says an investigation is underway.
He stresses that the two agencies work hand in hand.
Hayes says he does not want to speed through the process.
“We want to find out what happened and why," he said.