by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News
Posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:31 PM
A King County Sheriff’s deputy involved in confrontation with a Seattle journalist last year has been fired.
Deputy “K.C.” Patrick Saulet was fired for dishonesty and abuse of authority, according to a termination letter dated January 30.
Saulet threatened to arrest Dominic Holden during a July 30 confrontation. Holden, an editor at The Stranger, was riding by the International District light rail station when he saw a group of officers surrounding and speaking loudly to a young black man. Holden used his smartphone to photograph the scene, which triggered a barrage of threats and sarcastic comments from two of the officers involved.
Holden said Seattle Police Officer John Marion threatened to show up at The Stranger’s offices and harass him, while Saulet ordered Holden to leave the area. According to Holden, Saulet told him that Holden was on private transit station property belonging to King County Metro and he would be arrested unless he immediately left the area.