Suspect in cop killing case erupts at hearing

A man accused of killing a Seattle police officer lashed out during a court hearing when he compared a sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting a teenage girl to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

Christopher Monfort, the man charged with killing Seattle officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night, ignored his attorney’s instructions to keep quiet during the hearing Thursday.

Monfort, who has pleaded not guilty, frequently invoked the nation’s founders as he railed against former King County sheriff’s deputy Paul Schene, who was caught on surveillance video beating a teenage girl who kicked her shoe at him in a holding cell.

His mother sat in the courtroom with her head in her hands.

Brenton was shot as he sat in a patrol car with his partner after a traffic stop. Monfort is also charged with the Oct. 22 firebombing of four Seattle police vehicles at a city maintenance yard, where investigators found a note left behind that referenced the deputy’s case.

The Associated Press