Seattle Police officer with "rocky history" accused in lawsuit of using
September 12, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- SeattlePI.com published a story Monday night titled, "Lawsuit: SPD officer with rocky history accused of excessive force."
One of the two Seattle Police officers named as defendants in that lawsuit is an officer named Zsolt Dornay Jr.
He and another officer are being sued by a 24-year old man who claims the officers used excessive force against him with no cause (as well as negligence and false arrest) during a 2015 arrest for a warrant that was later dismissed.
We'll leave the details of that lawsuit to the SeattlePI.com story found here .
What we found more fascinating was the back-story in that report about officer Zsolt Dornay Jr.
The report says Dornay has had a "a mixed career with the Seattle Police Department." That might be putting it mildly.
Toward the bottom of that lawsuit report a reader finds this fascinating back-story about Dornay:
"Dornay, 48, is no stranger to excessive force allegations. SeattlePI described in a 2008 article a 1995 incident in which Dornay, as a rookie patrol officer, followed a man in a road rage incident to Woodinville, held a gun to his head and rubbed his face into the surface of a parking lot.
Dornay claimed the other motorist had a gun, but it was never found. He was suspended for 30 days, half of it held in advance, but spared firing because his supervisors believed "this guy had real potential," former Police Chief Norm Stamper said.
He and a sergeant were also accused of assaulting Raymond Nix, a Native American man who collapsed four days later in jail from a ruptured spleen and other internal injuries. Reports indicate the officers used a Taser and pepper spray on him after suspecting him of engaging in a drug deal, and beat Nix into unconsciousness.
Nix later filed a lawsuit, but failed to follow it through.
Dornay was also implicated in a 2005 incident in which three Anti-Crime Team officers strip-searched three men in the same room, which was a violation of the rules. Dornay's role in the incident remains unclear."
It doesn't stop there.
The report says in 2006 Dornay drove his motorcycle into a late-night bar crowd in Post Alley, where several people attacked him. He ends up shooting an attorney "who kicked and beat him." The attorney lived, nobody was charged with a crime.
The attorney for the shot lawyer told the SeattlePI in 2008: "Dornay fired six shots at a group of unarmed civilians who had come to the aid of a woman Dornay had just assaulted. It's a miracle no one was killed."
Dornay was convicted in 2010 of a DUI in Grays Harbor County, according to the story which also notes that, according to SPD records, Dornay (who was hired in 1994) is assigned to the SPD's "human resources" department and there, compliments of Seattle taxpayers, earns about $49 an hour.