Mike Carter
Seattle Times
November 1, 2010

A man whose arrest involved the use of Tasers, batons, fists and flashlights has sued the Seattle Police Department and King County, claiming the officers used excess force after county officials mistakenly released him from jail.

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The arrest of Daniel Macio Saunders was recorded on videotape at the police department’s evidence facility in Georgetown, where Saunders had shown up June 11, 2009, to pick up his belongings after he’d been released from the King County Jail the day before.

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What Saunders, 47, didn’t know was that the King County Prosecutor’s Office had filed burglary and other charges against him before he was released, accusing him of breaking into a Rainier Valley church four days earlier, naked and covered with blood. Prosecutors said the warrant did not arrive at the jail before Saunders’ release because of a paperwork mix-up.

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