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Review: Officers did nothing wrong in violent Federal Way arrest

Review: Officers did nothing wrong in violent Federal Way arrest »Play Video
Megan Graham
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Federal Way police acted appropriately in a violent May arrest that left a woman beaten and bruised, according to a newly released investigation.

On May 27, two Federal Way officers stopped Megan Graham for using her cell phone while driving. Police say Graham became aggressive while officers tried to run a check on her driver's license.

They say she got out of her car and tried to walk away. When backup officers arrived on scene, they say Graham tried to punch one in the face and scratch the other, according to police.

Graham tells a different version of the arrest, saying the officers attacked her first. She called 911 sometime during the incident to complain about her treatment.

"I'm being attacked by this man who says he's a police officer," she told the 911 dispatcher.

Graham was later charged with third degree assault for her role in the melee.

Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson asked the Port of Seattle Police Department to conduct an outside agency review of the arrest to determine if the officers acted reasonably.

The review found that the use of force was reasonable and "one of the least intrusive of the multiple force options available to officers," according to police.