In the past five years, the Olympia Police Department has received 23 citizen complaints* involving allegations of unnecessary or excessive use of force. None involved serious injury to the complainants.
Here is how the complaints were resolved.
Sustained: 1 The complaint was valid and supported by the evidence.
Unfounded: 10 The allegation was found not to have occurred.
No finding: 4 The complainant could not be reached for a follow-up interview.
Exonerated: 6 Force was justified and the officer correctly followed the department’s policies and procedures.
Not sustained: 5 Based on a lack of evidence, there was no way to prove or disprove the allegation. Usually, complaints were classified as “not sustained” when an officer’s account of what had happened conflicted with a complainant’s. *The number of findings adds up to more than 23 because some complaints included more than one allegation of unnecessary use of force.