Watch bodycam footage of ex-Bellingham police officer’s alleged assault

Joshua Smith has sued the city of Bellingham in federal court, alleging he was assaulted by then-Officer Brooke Laughlin during a 2017 traffic stop. Laughlin resigned from duty in 2018.
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Joshua Smith has sued the city of Bellingham in federal court, alleging he was assaulted by then-Officer Brooke Laughlin during a 2017 traffic stop. Laughlin resigned from duty in 2018.

Reporter Denver Pratt joined The Bellingham Herald in 2017 and covers courts and criminal and social justice. She has worked in Montana, Florida and Virginia.