Two sheriff’s deputies patrolling Seattle’s transit system lied about a bus driver’s use of profanity during a heated argument last November captured by a camera embedded in the driver’s eyeglasses, a police investigation has found.

The incident comes as the public view of police across the nation is “laced with distrust,” Transit Police Major Dave Jutilla wrote in a May 26 memo, obtained through a public-records request, that summarizes the incident.

The investigation grew out of a complaint filed by King County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Lou Caballero after an early-morning argument on Nov. 14 between he and graveyard-shift driver Kelvin Kirkpatrick in downtown Seattle, internal Sheriff’s Office documents show.

In the incident, Kirkpatrick, a 20-year transit veteran, criticized Caballero and his deputies for failing to remove non-paying “sleepers” from his bus, the latest in a series of tense interactions between the men.

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