John Diaz http://www.kplu.org en Murder, car thefts at historic lows in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/murder-car-thefts-historic-lows-seattle <p>The homicide rate in Seattle is at its lowest level since 1958.&nbsp; Most other major crime is down as well.</p><p>Murder, rape, robbery and other violent crime was down 9 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. The <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/police/Crime/STATS.HTM">2010 crime statistics </a>were released Tuesday by the Seattle Police Department. As KPLU reported, the&nbsp; Seattle Police Department has also released<a href="http://kplu.org/post/tuesday-mornings-headlines-13"> a report showing that the use of force by officers is rare</a> and below the national average.</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 01:05:13 +0000 Paula Wissel 952 at http://www.kplu.org Murder, car thefts at historic lows in Seattle Video shows Seattle cop stomping on suspect http://www.kplu.org/post/video-shows-seattle-cop-stomping-suspect <object height="258" width="440"><param name="movie" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" value="http://www.king5.com/v/?i=116876998" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="AllowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="258" src="http://www.king5.com/v/?i=116876998" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="440" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Newly released video shows Seattle Police Officer James Lee stomping on the head of a man detained by a group of cops in city&#39;s Belltown neighborhood last October.</p><p>KING-TV&#39;s Linda Brill reports the incident is bringing <a href="http://www.king5.com/news/local/New-Police-Stomping-Video-116876998.html">further allegations of excessive force by Lee</a>, already under criminal investigation for kicking a teenager in a Belltown convenience store, just minutes before the second confrontation happened.</p><p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:03:42 +0000 KPLU News Staff 878 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-forum-police-conduct-draws-anger-demands-change <p>Hundreds packed a Seattle forum on police accountability Thursday evening, an event which quickly turned into a showcase of public anger over recent incidents involving questions of excessive force against ethnic minorities.</p><p>The event, sponsored by Mayor Mike McGinn and The Stranger, was organized in the wake of tensions following the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/2367/0/1696760/Law.and.Justice/Native.Community.Responds.to.Shooting">shooting death last year </a>of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams by Officer Ian Birk.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 15:54:05 +0000 KPLU News Staff 711 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change