Ex-cop pleads guilty to attacking handcuffed man at Seattle hospital

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Tukwila and Snoqualmie police officer has pleaded guilty to attacking a handcuffed man at a Seattle hospital.

U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Nicholas Hogan pleaded guilty on Wednesday to violating the rights of a detained man.

Hogan responded to the report of a fight in Tukwila in 2011. He took the suspect into custody on a misdemeanor warrant, but because of his injuries, Hogan took him to a hospital.

Hogan admitted that he physically removed the man from his patrol car and struck him in the head with his knee. When Hogan brought the man into the emergency room, he repeatedly shoved him until he fell and then used pepper spray on him while he was strapped to a gurney.

Under the agreement, Hogan will be prohibited from working as police officer or security guard for 15 years.