Paul Schene, 31, a Washington State sheriff's deputy, is accused of assault in the case of a 15-year-old girl who was brought in as part of a car theft investigation and who is shown being kicked, beaten and slammed to the floor by Schene on tape.
Schene has plead not guilty to a charge of fourth-degree assault in Superior Court. Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg said, "We believe this case is beyond just police misconduct; it's criminal misconduct. This is clearly excessive force."
Cameras captured the incident, though Shene's lawyer said the video does not tell the entire story. Schene said the girl had kicked her shoe off at him, he went into the cell to "prevent another assault" and she didn't comply with his instructions.