Ex-cop facing jail in attack of handcuffed man at hospital

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a year in jail for a former Tukwila and Snoqualmie police officer who pleaded guilty to pepper-spraying a handcuffed man at a Seattle hospital.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/JyXIxl) that if a judge accepts the recommendation for Nick Hogan, it would be the first time in recent memory that a Washington officer was jailed for using excessive force on the job.

The incident happened after Hogan responded to a fight in 2011. Hogan shoved the man until he fell before using pepper spray on him while he was strapped to a gurney.

Hogan pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of violating the rights of a detained man.

Hogan’s attorney says Hogan doesn’t deserve more punishment because he lost his job and won’t be able to work in law enforcement.

His sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com