police accountability http://www.kplu.org en Survey Shows Racial Divide in Approval of Seattle Police http://www.kplu.org/post/survey-shows-racial-divide-approval-seattle-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A survey shows more than 60 percent of Seattle residents approve of the job the Seattle Police Department is doing. But it’s a far more problematic picture when you break down responses by race.</span></p><p>While the vast majority of whites and Asians give high marks to the Seattle Police Department, when you talk to African-Americans and Latinos, the approval rating drops dramatically. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 01:53:19 +0000 Paula Wissel 10061 at http://www.kplu.org Survey Shows Racial Divide in Approval of Seattle Police Report: Poor oversight of use of force by King County deputies http://www.kplu.org/post/report-poor-oversight-use-force-king-county-deputies <p>King County needs to hit the reset button on how it deals with the use of force by its sheriff’s deputies, according to <a href="http://edit.kingcounty.gov/sitecore/shell/Controls/Rich%20Text%20Editor/~/media/operations/oleo/files/PARC_Risk_Assessment_2012_Final.ashx">an independent report </a>presented to County Council members.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:51:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6289 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Poor oversight of use of force by King County deputies Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-fatally-shoot-interbay-murder-suspect-belltown <p>Seattle homicide detectives on Sunday afternoon fatally shot a man who was a suspect in the stabbing death of an 84-year-old employee at a self-storage facility in the city&#39;s Interbay neighborhood. The suspect had been using the victim&#39;s credit cards.</p><p>Detectives used photos to track him down in Seattle&#39;s Belltown neighborhood, at the bustling corner of 4th Avenue and Cedar Street. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson told KPLU the murder suspect attacked detectives, forcing them to fire their weapons.</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:22:02 +0000 Erin Hennessey 2969 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown Tuesday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/tuesday-mornings-headlines-13 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Report: Seattle Police Don&#39;t Abuse Use of Force</strong></li><li><strong>Supreme Court Sides With Local Peace Activist</strong></li><li><strong>Gonzaga Makes NCAA Field</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Seattle Police: Our Use of Force &quot;Rare&quot;</b></p><p>Seattle Police say the public&#39;s impression that officers are using more physical force is wrong. &nbsp;In fact, a new department report makes the case that use of force is rare. The SeattlePI.com&#39;s Casey McNerthny&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/436707_police08.html">details &nbsp;a number of recent incidents</a> where officers have been under scrutiny for charges of excessive force. &nbsp;Still, the report:</p><p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:52:42 +0000 KPLU News Staff 945 at http://www.kplu.org Tuesday morning's headlines Seattle Mayor says more police should live in city http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-says-more-police-should-live-city <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954115.mp3</p><p>With 82-percent of Seattle&#39;s officers living outside the city limits, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says it&#39;s hard to have a good local police force. It&#39;s also difficult to do anything about it because state law prevents cities from requiring officers to live where they work. McGinn says there could be an opportunity, though, when 300 officers who are eligible for retirement leave the force.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:12:33 +0000 Paula Wissel & Charla Bear 853 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor says more police should live in city Angry protesters demand justice for slain woodcarver http://www.kplu.org/post/angry-protesters-demand-justice-slain-woodcarver <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952887.mp3</p><p>Sage smoke, prayers and the beat of Native drums filled the air at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Seattle</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">City Hall</st1:placetype></st1:place> Wednesday afternoon as several hundred people gathered to demand justice for woodcarver John T. Williams. Williams, a member of the <a href="http://www.nuuchahnulth.org/tribal-council/welcome.html">Nuu-Chah-Nuulth First Nation</a> in British Columbia, was&nbsp;shot to death last Aug. 30th by a <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:city> police officer.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.2in; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;">The demonstrators moved on to Westlake Park.&nbsp; Later, <a href="http://www.king5.com/news/Protestors-116368664.html">several dozen marched to the crosswalk at Boren St. and Howell St. where Williams was killed</a> by Officer Ian Birk.</p><p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 04:26:55 +0000 Liam Moriarty & Paula Wissel 814 at http://www.kplu.org Angry protesters demand justice for slain woodcarver