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Two Bellevue Police Officers Disciplined After Unruly Behavior at Seahawks Game, DUI

The officers were disciplined, including the demotion of one, after an investigation into reported unruly behavior at a Seattle Seahawks game. One officer drove home drunk, the investigation found.

Two Bellevue police officers were disciplined, including the demotion of a 22-year veteran, after an investigation into reported unruly behavior at a Seattle Seahawks game, the Bellevue Police Department said.

One of the officers drove home drunk, though no evidence was available on his level of intoxication, according to the police department's report, and he will not face criminal prosecution.

A Bellevue police detective, who was not named, was exonerated of any wrongdoing, according to the department's media release.

Read the officers' statements in the attachments with this story.

The disciplined officers are:

•Cpl. Dion Robertson, a 22-year veteran. He was demoted to officer and lost his supervisory responsibilities on the bomb squad, which results in a significant annual loss in pay. 

•Officer Andy Hanke, a seven-year veteran. He was given 30 days suspension from duty without pay and was removed from the bomb squad, also resulting in a significant loss in annual wages.  

Both officers were found to have violated policies on Deportment (a manner of personal conduct/behavior), Courtesy and Code of Ethics, according to the media release. Hanke also violated Obedience to Laws Policy, according to the release.

Bellevue Police's Office of Professional Standards investigated the reported unruly behavior of off-duty officers at a Seattle Seahawks game on Sept. 16.

According to the Bellevue Police Department's investigation, Robertson and Hanke and an unidentified city of Bellevue utilities department employee reportedly taunted an on-duty Seattle police officer outside the stadium after she asked the utilities department employee to pick up a cup that one of them dropped.

But the boorish behavior didn't stop there, according to subsequent reports. After the three arrived at the game, they behaved in unruly fashion, including a confrontation with a fan at the game, resulting in the officers being thrown out of the game for their behavior.

The fan said that one of the group, two male officers, a female officer and another woman, who is now identified as the utilties department employee, warned him not to get pulled over in Bellevue. 

The Bellevue Police Department's report said it was the utilities department employee who identified the group as "Bellevue's finest." The female officer, who is a detective, was not involved in the previous incident and did not make any comments to the public, according to the Bellevue Police Department report.

Chief Linda Pillo released the following statement:

"I am convinced that these officers have learned a very hard lesson and their actions in the future will always meet the high standards of behavior that the Bellevue community rightfully demands of their police. The discipline given to these officers is firm yet fair.”

"After the media's description of the events, some citizens demanded I terminate these officers. Once the facts were uncovered through a comprehensive administrative investigation conducted by the Office of Professional Standards regarding the off-duty alleged conduct, it was clear their actions, although embarrassing and disheartening, did not rise to the level of termination."

The investigation determined that Hanke drove home under the influence of alcohol, but investigators could not get forensic evidence of his level of intoxication. The lack of evidence means that there will be no criminal prosecution, but Hanke violated the department's Obedience of Laws Policy, according to the media release.

"It should be noted that the same standard and rules of evidence would be applied to any member of the public," the media release noted.

As part of the release, the officers released statements of apology (which are attached in full to this article).

"My behavior was inappropriate, disrespecful and lacked the professionalism you expect from me in my position," Hanke wrote. 

"I was completely out of line and not behaving in a manner anyone should," wrote Robertson. "While I cannot change the past I can let you know that I have taken complete responsibility and taken the positive life changes to make sure it never happens again." 

Do you think this discipline is fair? Tell us in the comments.

Previous coverage:

  • Sep 20, 2012
  • Bellevue Officers Thrown Out of Seahawks Game After Confrontation with a Fan, Sep 21, 2012
  • VIDEO: Bellevue Police Chief: Investigation of Officer Conduct at Seahawks Game Will Take 30 Days, Sep 25, 2012
  • Bellevue Police Investigation into Off-Duty Officers' Behavior Under Review, Nov 5, 2012


WendyB December 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Good.
Police Trainer December 05, 2012 at 04:34 AM
"Hanke drove home under the influence of alcohol" Great. Now you have a cop in Bellevue that has driven under the influence at least ONCE. There is never just ONE time. Citizens of Bellevue, be prepared to see this officer's name in the news again one day for an alcohol related incident. But it's ok, he kept his job. At least he only drives drunk in his POV. "The discipline given to these officers is firm yet fair.” Let's see here. Drunk driving, public intoxication, breach of civil peace, littering, all violations of state laws and violations of department policy. Sure, they lost some money, but they still make about $100K a year. "the officers released statements of apology" I read the apologies. Five sentences in two short paragraphs. I put more effort tying my shoes than these apologies. Dear Officers, apologies not accepted. Go back and try again. You both violated public trust by violating state laws and department policy. Your apologies should reflect that, but they don't. Not in the slightest. Citizens of Bellevue, you can thank the strength of the police union being able to allow these officers to keep their jobs and also thank the City of Bellevue agreeing to allow a drunk driving cop to remain on the job. I didn't expect anything different. Good thing they had some toys to take away from the teenagers, because if they didn't have the famed "Bomb Squad" positions to take away, what would have been the punishment?
Mike Barer December 05, 2012 at 07:16 AM
There was no "wife beating" and no one got hurt. It is obvious that these officers paid for their mistakes. It is easy to condemn them but I think that the punishment fit the crime.
Nydia White December 05, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I'm sorry, but "no one got hurt"? That's just pure dumb luck considering that one of the officers thought it was fine to drive drunk. And like the previous post I doubt that this is the first time this officer has made that stupid choice. For him (and his future victim) it is just a matter of time until someone gets hurt by his poor decision making skills. I don't agree that the punishment fits the crime. I would be willing to bet that the behavior shown at the Seahawks game was not widely out of character for these officers. It is probably just the first time that they weren't allowed to flash their badges and get a pass. It is ridiculous that people who are employed in a area that involves such a great deal of trust and responsibility would be such jackasses. And to behave so badly in front of children is one of the worst parts of this whole incident. What is that kid's impression of the police now? How much respect does he have for law enforcement? Hopefully he sees this person as an exception and not the rule of how the people who "serve and protect" really are.
Johnny White December 05, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Police Officer Hanke admits to driving under the influence and now he is on the street arresting citizens for driving under the influence? How does that work? I mean, really, how does that work? How does this guy give traffic tickets when he is a major traffic violator himself? How do either of these two officers enforce laws when they break the laws themselves? Is there anything more hypocritical than this? And the Chief of Bellevue Police thinks the punishment is fair? And one comment says because there was no 'wife beating' it's ok? You have got to be kidding me. Are there so few good people that want to be cops that cops like these get to keep their jobs no matter what they do, as long as no one gets hurt? Really Bellevue?
Just Acitizen December 06, 2012 at 04:03 AM
As if anyone thought they would be fired. Get real. It's the police. This just goes to show that cops can break the laws and keep their jobs.
Seattlemom December 06, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Hanke accosted the female Seattle police officer and then cursed and used profanity at her, yet they were all allowed to move onto the game in their drunken states after making a scene ridiculing the Seattle officers??? If an inebriated civilian attempted this scene I am positive we would hear about it on the news due to police brutality and the use of a taser or gun, whichever... I hope these scums are mocked for life!!!!
Just Acitizen December 06, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I know that every Bellevue Police Officer is reading the comments to this article. Thanks to the Patch for following up on a very important story. Dear Cpl. Dion Robertson and Officer Andy Hanke, I cannot fathom how you can manage to work as commissioned peace officers in the State of Washington having been found to have violated your department's code of ethics and state law. I am sure you tell your family a set of different circumstances, but the facts are what they are. I would hope that the Patch will obtain the internal investigations so Bellevue citizens will be able to read exactly what happened, what allegations were found to be true, and if the investigation was conducted properly.
Jason Chan December 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Will the Patch or BPD post the internal online?
Jason Chan December 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The SeattleTimes have the investigation. Just from reading their article, it was much worse than drunk police. The punishment does not look like it was even close to the actions. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019840703_bellevuecops06m.html
Charles Trader December 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
The SeattleTimes has the internal investigation. The details in their article show that this was much worse than just drunk cops. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019840703_bellevuecops06m.html
PollyT December 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I'm not sure which is funnier. Off-duty drunk cops threatening on-duty cops or that Bellevue has a bomb squad.
PollyT December 07, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I have a drinking problem and going to apply for Bellevue PD.
Venice Buhain December 07, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Thanks for your comments, Jason (and everyone). If you're interested, we've just posted the report documents online at this story: http://patch.com/A-0hg4
Jason F. December 07, 2012 at 12:32 PM
If you got a DUI, would you lose your job?
Jason F. December 07, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Who cares, this story is old. Drunk cops off duty at a game being unruly....sounds like the other 10,000 people there....everybody's drunk and unruly there...
concerned citizen December 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I got convicted in Redmond for .068, though they let me drive home, but they testified they impounded my car. Of course I lost my job and of course they had to fabricated the police report. The WA State Patrol didn't legally monitor the breathalyzer, but that's OK the cops and prosecutors lied. Got me fired from my job of 6 years. But then I read these stories and realize that all they do is protect each other, engage in racketeering, and are involved in organized crime...at taxpayers expense. But it's not just taxpayers they are shaking down. They are writing their own mealtickets and making six figures and buying season tickets, all while being part of a double standard. I have zero respect for them as a result.

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