So this is a local story for me, and one that I found rather troubling. It starts a year ago at a SeaHawks game. I guess it's sort of two stories
rolled into one. I like cops, wanted to be a cop, and am usually defending them (especially Bellevue PD who I think are awesome). I will also call
out the bad ones over this kind of bull.
Two officers on the Bellevue bomb squad (one being a supervisor) took their ladies to the football game. Officers Robertson and Hanke. They were by
all accounts hammered.
The group met at Robertson's house and began drinking before Hanke drove to the game, the memo said. The group tailgated, kept drinking and
became "very intoxicated," according to the document.
On the way into the stadium, Hanke's wife littered in front of a Seattle police officer, who told her to pick up the trash. Hanke apparently got
angry, and asked if the other officer was really going to make a Bellevue Police Officer's wife pick up litter. The SPD guy apparently called for
backup. Story goes dark here, but I think we know what happened as the foursome was allowed to enter the stadium, by their own admission very drunk.
While at the game, they were clearly intoxicated and seated next to a man and his son. After a number of f-bombs and other crude behavior the man
informed them that he was going to contact security if they didn't knock it off. I remember listening to a local talk show when he called in, and he
was a very articulate, reasonable sounding guy. He just didn't want the game ruined for his 12 year old by a raucous group of drunks. The man was
cursed out, so he hailed security and the group was escorted out. The classy lady said something to the effect of 'You better be careful driving in
Bellevue!'. The officer proceeds to drive the party home.
Eventually the group went home in a car driven by an intoxicated Hanke, according to the document.
Robertson later admitted to the chief he was "blacked out" for most of the events and said, "if somebody said I did it, then I’m sure I probably
Pillo said both men apologized and pledged to correct their behavior, the memo said, but she told both of them, "I am appalled and very disappointed
by your actions that day. Your obnoxious drunken behavior brought disrepute not only to you, but the entire Bellevue Police Department.”
Robertson was demoted from corporal to officer, and removed from a leadership position on the bomb squad.
Hanke was kicked off the bomb squad and suspended without pay for 160 hours, which is about four weeks.
So that's pretty bad, right? Having cops driving drunk, littering, disrespecting other officers, insulting civilians and then being kicked out of a
sporting event for their drunken nonsense. Not to mention that wife giving a threat to someone just wishing to enjoy a game with his son. Then
driving home drunk. All admitted to.
That punishment doesn't seem severe enough. I would have liked to see the guy go in for substance abuse counseling, anger management, and slotted on
a desk for a few months after his 4 week suspension at the very least. Still, considering some stories I've seen at least they were punished.
Guess who just got arrested for a DUI after being let go by a fellow officer? Hanke. up to his old tricks again, which anyone could have seen coming
from a mile away.
On November 20th, an officer pulled Hanke over for drunk driving. Problem is, ol' Hanke didn't get arrested that night.
Brennan recognized the tan Jeep Cherokee as Hanke's personal vehicle and recognized Hanke as he approached the SUV.
"Hanke, what are you doing?" Brennan asked, according to the report.
Brennan wrote that he smelled the odor of alcohol inside the vehicle and that Hanke had a "glazed look on his face and his eyes were bloodshot,
watery and droopy."
"I asked Andy where he was coming from and he said that he was coming from the Sideline Sports Bar," Brennan wrote in the report. "I asked him how
much he had drank and he stared at me then looked forward in the car."
"I told him that he was drunk. I pointedly asked him 'what the (expletive) are you doing driving?' I told him that he was hammered."
Instead of investigating Hanke for DUI, Brennan called his wife to pick him up.
Brennan later reported the incident to supervisors, who launched internal and criminal investigations.
I suppose to his credit Brennan at least reported the incident. At the same time, it seems like a cop out.
douseewhatididthereevenifiusedtheexpressionwrong. Arrest his ass. This isn't a teenager getting drunk with a few friends when the parents are out
of town. This is a grown ass man who DEFINITELY knows better. I get wanting to protect your buddy, but come on man. Take him to the station, book
him and then call the wife.
So what I see here is a general failing to do the right thing. The SPD officer should have arrested the guy. He should have been arrested at the
game after being publicly intoxicated and a belligerent ass. He should have been scrutinized after admitting to driving drunk 2x in one night (I mean
breathalyzer, alcohol screening etc.). He should have been arrested that night he got popped driving drunk. I don't even know if it's possible to
charge him with a DUI now. I don't think it is.
I wish the best for the guy, and sincerely mean that. I think he has a problem that won't be swept under the rug. I really like Bellevue PD. I
still trust them 100%. I hope this guy realizes that most people aren't going to feel the same, and as the Chief said has done a disservice to
himself, and his department.