Press Statement on Behalf of Victim of Police Attack
Seattle – May 13, 2010 – Martin Monetti is 21 years old and a graduate of Franklin High School. He lives with his mother, father, and two siblings in Seattle. On or about 1:30 a.m. on April 17, 2010, in the south Lake Union area, he was subjected to an unprovoked and illegal physical assault by two Seattle police officers, one of whom also used racist language. A number of other police officers observed the incident and did nothing to stop it. The assault and verbal attack was caught on videotape, which now has been broadcast on many TV news programs, as well as over the internet.
Mr. Monetti and his family are upset and very disappointed that members of the Seattle Police Department would engage in this unacceptable conduct. Their hope is that this incident will be used as an impetus for needed changes in the Department, so that this type of behavior will never happen again.
To members of the press, please be aware that this event, and the media firestorm surrounding it, has overwhelmed this family. They respectfully request that all questions be directed to their attorneys so that some semblance of normalcy can return to their lives. No press conference with Mr. Monetti and his family is planned at this time.
Mr. Monetti is represented by Schroeter Goldmark & Bender attorneys, M. Lorena González, Janet L. Rice and Martin S. Garfinkel. Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest plaintiffs’ law firms, litigates cases for individuals who have been subjected to illegal conduct by corporations and government.
Hannah Gilbert, Legal Assistant
(206) 622-8000 or email