Cynthia Witlatch arrested and traumatized a 69 year old American vet, and when faced with the video evidence of what she had done, she lied. See the analysis of this "fabricator of reality" with the link below.
As noted when this happened, she was unafraid to construct her own reality even while telling the shocked elderly man that she was on video. We do not know what trauma was suffered by the 69 year old vet, who had never been arrested. For him, at his age, this meant that his hands were cuffed behind him; leaving him vulnerable after having been arrested without cause. Next, he was forced away from him home and comforts, which, given his age, is something more difficult to cope with than by someone younger. The restriction of hand cuffs, itself, is something that can trigger anxiety due to the vulnerability, but add int this his age, his lack of experience (never been arrested) and the vulnerability he felt from having done no wrong. For him, there would be no way to resign himself to consequence because he had not done anything that he could perceive worthy of arrest.
It appears that she not only lied then, but refused to acknowledge what we saw on video, and lost her job, too. She could have saved her job, but her ego would not allow for it. Please take careful note that this highlights the pathological liar's response to being discovered. The pathological liar has lied since childhood, and knows no other way. When exposed, they can become obstinate, unyielding, and will often go on the offensive. This "offense" can be physical attacks (she was armed on her job) or it could be in courts, like pathological liar Lance Armstrong used his money to destroy others.
Liars cannot bear the exposure and will "cut off their nose to spite their face" in the sense that they will not be able to humble themselves, and admit lying: it is who they are, it defines them, and it is not something they can bear being exposed as.
Some liars, when exposed, will literally go through with threats of suit, knowing that they will have to answer questions in court about their crimes. This appears to be self-loathing, but it is not: it is a drive to silence the one who exposed the liar, even if it costs the liar everything.
It is the one thing in life the liar cannot abide.
The outright liar is a habitual liar and the degree of damage she can bring to a police department is not measurable, nor predictable outside of stating: she will bring trouble.
She had some psychological issues, and craved "respect" to the point of driving around boasting of what she was going to do to American citizens to get the "respect" she so desperately needed. Her racism was later projected on Facebook and her disregard of law and even policy is evident.
See analysis of Cynthia Witlach and video HERE and her post HERE to see how much risk she posed to the public, to justice, and to police, everywhere.
Seattle Police did the right thing for the public, for the Department, and for every honorable cop tainted by this liar. If Witlach thought she was going to get away with her racism and illegal arrest, she miscalculated.
Seattle police chief fires cop who arrested man carrying golf club
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has found Officer Cynthia Whitlatch violated department policies when she arrested a 69-year-old African-American man using a golf club as a cane. Whitlatch accused the man of swinging the club as a weapon.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was fired Tuesday over her arrest of an African-American man carrying a golf club as a cane, in what Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole labeled a case of biased and overly aggressive policing.
The closely watched decision stemmed from Whitlatch’s arrest last year of William Wingate, then 69, whom she accused of swinging the club as a weapon.
O’Toole sustained findings by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) that Whitlatch violated department policies regarding bias, discretion and de-escalating confrontations.
But O’Toole modified findings that Whitlatch had no basis to stop Wingate or use minimal force while detaining him, determining the evidence was inconclusive.
Whitlatch, 48, defended herself throughout the internal investigation, insisting she acted properly. She also portrayed herself as the victim of discrimination because she is white.
O’Toole, in her termination order, cited Whitlatch’s defiance, noting that even in hindsight, Whitlatch had failed to recognize her misconduct and the damage it had done to community trust.
“Without this ability to learn from your mistakes, understand how you can improve and do better, and recognize your own errors, you are unable to effectively function as an officer,” O’Toole wrote.
O’Toole said Whitlatch’s response dissuaded her from considering Whitlatch for a lengthy suspension, disciplinary transfer to a unit that doesn’t interact with the public and removal from the sergeant’s promotional registry.
Whitlatch’s actions previously sparked strong condemnation from the community, including a February march of protesters carrying golf clubs as canes.
Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “I am disappointed that Chief O’Toole caved into the enormous political pressure surrounding this case.”
Smith said the guild now will take up whether to file an appeal.
Wingate was arrested July 9, 2014, while on his daily 10-mile walk, using the golf club as a cane. Whitlatch stopped him on Capitol Hill and, according to official accounts, claimed Wingate swung the club in a threatening manner, striking a stop sign, while she was driving past in her patrol car.
The two engaged in a heated verbal exchange, captured on patrol-car video, in which Wingate denied swinging the club. Wingate was booked into jail for investigation of unlawful use of a weapon and obstructing a police officer.
O’Toole’s termination order noted Wingate showed no recognition of Whitlatch when she stopped him, saying “huh?” and “what’s going on” during the encounter.
Whitlatch raised her voice and repeatedly demanded Wingate put down the club, while he never acted in an “aggressive or threatening manner,” O’Toole wrote.
A closer look
City prosecutors pursued only a weapon charge, and Wingate agreed to a continuance of his case, under which the misdemeanor charge would be dropped in two years if he met court conditions.
Prosecutors later moved to dismiss the entire case after a former state representative raised questions about the arrest. A judge accepted the dismissal, and the Police Department’s deputy chief, Carmen Best, ultimately apologized to Wingate for his arrest and returned his golf club.
Whitlatch’s racial views subsequently emerged as an issue when it was disclosed that, within two months of the arrest, she posted a comment on her Facebook page in the aftermath of riots in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal police shooting of an African-American man on Aug. 9, 2014. In her post, she criticized “black peoples (sic) paranoia” in assuming whites are “out to get them.”
The OPA had already looked into that matter, referring it for supervisory counseling.
But Whitlatch’s overall racial views led to an internal recommendation that she be fired over the encounter with Wingate. She claimed during the internal investigation that she was being targeted because she is white, and noted Best and the judge who dismissed the case against Wingate are both African American.
O’Toole, in the termination order, wrote that she was troubled by Whitlatch’s belief the decisions were race driven and “not the legitimate factual and legal analysis by thoughtful and dedicated public servants.”
“Your perceptions of race and other protected categories appear to be so deeply seated that they likely impacted the authoritarian manner in which you treated this man and your refusal to deviate from that approach towards an individual whose actions did not warrant such treatment,” O’Toole wrote.
An earlier department report noted Whitlatch had been previously disciplined and counseled for “unprofessional conduct,” including a verbal reprimand in 2002 over a traffic stop and a written reprimand in 1998 stemming from a personal dispute over $1.04 at a retail store.
Whitlatch told the OPA she detained Wingate after she heard a “big clank,” saw Wingate hit the sign with the golf club and deemed it was a “threat toward a police officer.”
She said she initially didn’t intend to arrest Wingate, but that he was “extremely hostile” and “more obstructive than almost anybody else I’ve ever dealt with.”
In a second OPA interview, Whitlatch acknowledged that she didn’t see Wingate actually make contact with the stop sign, but saw a motion, heard a clang and saw Wingate “glaring” at her.
O’Toole, in modifying the OPA findings, found it inconclusive whether Whitlatch lacked reasonable suspicion to stop Wingate. In turn, she also found inconclusive a finding that Whitlatch improperly used force when she held down Wingate’s wrist while searching his pockets.
O’Toole, as required, explained her reasoning in a letter to the mayor and City Council.
In a statement Tuesday, City Council President Tim Burgess said, “The chief of police has sent a strong and appropriate signal. Officer behavior that compromises public trust is not acceptable in Seattle.”
Smith, the police guild president, reiterated Tuesday his belief that the department “blatantly violated” a requirement to complete the investigation within a required 180-day limit. Police should have opened it in September 2014, when two commanders learned of the matter at a meeting with community members, not in January, according to Smith.
Wingate sued the city and Whitlatch in April, alleging race discrimination, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of his civil rights.
Whitlatch’s Facebook post contributed to the police department’s development of a sweeping social-media policy that went into effect March 1, which bars officers from privately posting comments that reflect negatively on the department and its ability to serve the community.