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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Criminal impersonation case resolved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
11/4/2014  2:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602


The criminal impersonation charge against retired SPD officer Mike Deacy was resolved Tuesday in Seattle Municipal Court with the agreement that if Deacy adheres to certain conditions, the gross misdemeanor will be dismissed in two years.

The City alleged that Deacy, in uniform, was flagging and directing traffic at a construction site at Bellevue and Pine on Dec. 13, 2013 although his authority to act as a police officer had expired. SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability began investigating Deacy after a young woman complained about his behavior, essentially that he grabbed her arm and intimidated her when she crossed the street. When she asked for his name and badge number, Deacy gave her another officer’s name.

According to the Seattle Police Manual, retired police officers may, within two years of retirement, request that an Extended Authority Commission be granted by the department. That commission allows them to work, armed and in uniform, in various capacities.

In the case resolved today before Municipal Court Judge Willie Gregory, Deacy agreed to a 24-month dispositional continuance for one count of Criminal Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer. He must submit a formal letter of voluntary resignation to SPD confirming voluntary ineligibility to work as an SPD retired officer; perform 150 hours of community service at a minimum rate of 75 hours per year; pay $50 in restitution for the young woman’s lost wages and have no contact with her. Deacy apologized to the victim in court.

A gross misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail.

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