After the release of 911 audio from the call that preceded former Seahawk Richard Sherman's arrest, the Redmond Police Department released a statement clarifying that the recording was not of the city's police department and that the King County Sheriff's Office had opened a review into the matter.
On July 14, Sherman's wife called 911 to report that he was drunk and experiencing a mental health crisis. After the release of the audio, many are criticizing the dispatcher's conduct and tone during the call.
The Redmond Police Department responded to the incident and arrested Sherman.
"The City of Redmond was not involved in the recordings highlighted by the complaints," Redmond's press release states. "The King County Sheriff’s Office, in response to public comment, opened an administrative review of this matter that will take several months to conclude."
According to the statement, the department had been receiving a number of "misdirected" complaints.
“I am proud of the actions of our Redmond Police personnel involved with this incident, including the very professional work of our emergency communications specialists,” Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said in the statement. "When listening to the Redmond 911 calls, you will hear the voices of the two male Redmond 911 specialists who remained calm and were empathetic and supportive of the caller in a time of crisis.”
Sherman pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court to multiple charges.