Seattle Police

Police Reform
5:01 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Seattle Police Finally Get Good Grade On Reform

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Natalie Wilkie Flickr

The federal monitor charged with overseeing reform of the Seattle Police Department says there’s finally reason for optimism.

“The glass is now looking half full to me rather than half empty,” Merrick Bobb said during a briefing before the Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee Wednesday.

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Gun Violence
3:17 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

After 2 Deadly Shootings In A Week, Seattle Mayor Says 'We Must Find A Solution'

Two women embrace near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he plans to call an emergency meeting of the Seattle City Council to discuss the “epidemic of gun violence” in the wake of two shootings that claimed three lives in the city in the past week.

“This city and this nation must address this sense of violence,” said the mayor at a Friday news conference with dozens of community leaders standing by his side. “We have to find a way to move forward.”

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Seattle Police
7:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Seattle Police Officers File Civil Rights Complaint Over Use Of Force Policies

More than 100 Seattle police officers have filed a federal civil rights complaint against city and federal authorities.

They allege the agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Seattle restricting police  use of force has put both police and the public in danger.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
10:12 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A Leading Question: McGinn on the Shape of Experience

Paula Wissel

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Of the nine candidates running for mayor of Seattle, only Mike McGinn has first-hand experience. Leading up to next Tuesday’s primary, KPLU has been asking all the candidates to talk about a time when their leadership was tested.

You could say Mayor Mike McGinn’s leadership skills have been put to the test every day for the past 4 years. How he’s dealt with it has a lot to do with a personal change he made shortly after taking office.

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regulating nightlife
7:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Belltown ruckus renews call for staggered closing times

By state law, bars in Washington have to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. And when bars close down, people who’ve been drinking hit the streets all at once. In Seattle last weekend, that phenomenon became extreme in the Belltown neighborhood, reviving a public policy debate.

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May Day Protests
8:04 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Seattle police say this time they're ready for May Day

A sign at May Day protests in 2012 in Seattle
Justin Steyer

KPLU Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talks with reporter Paula Wissel about May Day prep.

Seattle police insist they’re ready for whatever happens on May Day, that they are better staffed, better organized and better trained than last year.

“We’re as prepared as we can be, given our resources,” said Captain Chris Fowler, the designated commander for police May Day response.

Last year on May Day, there was widespread confusion among officers on duty about how to respond to black-clad vandals smashing windows downtown.

What’s different this time?

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Police
5:14 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Seattle to target violent crime

You can expect to see more police in Seattle soon.  The 2013 city budget includes money to hire additional cops with an emphasis on fighting violent crime.

(For complete story, click on Listen button.)

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John T. Williams
11:52 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Update: John T. Williams totem pole raised

Roughly 90 people carried a totem honoring slain First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams from the Seattle Waterfront to Seattle Center on Sunday.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

A 34-foot totem pole honoring slain First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams was carried from the Seattle Waterfront to Seattle Center and raised by some 90 people on Sunday. The pole was carried to its final destination with traditional singing, drumming, and dancing. 

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Law and order
8:25 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Police pepper spray rowdy shoe shoppers in Seattle

In a photo released by Nike Inc., the Air Jordan XI, released in 1996, is shown. This month, Nike releases the 23rd edition ... amid pepper spray in Seattle.
Associated Press

Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes that went on sale early Friday.

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Law
8:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Follow @SeattlePD around during Twitter "ride-along"

Seattle police posted this photo on Twitter to show "what a stripped car looks like" during a virtual ride-along in the South precinct.
Seattle Police Department

Have you ever wondered what a Seattle police officer does all day? You’re not alone.

The department says it typically has long waiting lists of people who want to ride along on patrols. Now it’s offering a way to virtually give everyone a chance to see the action.   

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Other News
9:22 pm
Sun October 23, 2011

Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown

Crime scene at the corner of Seattle's 4th Avenue and Cedar Street.
Erin Hennessey

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's Interbay neighborhood. The suspect had been using the victim's credit cards.

Detectives used photos to track him down in Seattle'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.

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City Service Reductions
3:32 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Seattle facing more budget cuts next year

Police, fire and all other departments in Seattle have been asked to find budget cuts for next year. Mayor Mike McGinn has instructed every office to look for trims because of lagging city revenues.

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John T. Williams Shooting
6:08 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Wood carver's killing subject of federal review

Tribal members gather at the Chief Seattle Club in Pioneer Square last September to call for accountability in the police shooting death of native carver John T. Williams.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

"We have nothing to hide" – those were the words of Seattle's chief of police yesterday.  The department is under fire. 

The questions stem from a federal review of the fatal shooting of a first nation's wood carver last August, as well as what many people perceive as a prior pattern of  abusive violence against minority groups.

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News Roundup
7:16 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Electronic billboards like this one (along I-5 in north Pierce County) are a hot topic of hot debate in the city of Tacoma.
Gary Davis KPLU News

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Did Seattle Police Violate DUI Procedures?
  • Reforms at Monroe Prison After Guard's Killing
  • Electronic Billboard Fight Brews in Tacoma

DUI Prosecutions in Seattle on Hold

Some drunk driving cases have been suspended by City Attorney Pete Holmes while Seattle Police investigate how its DUI squad handled procedures.

On Monday, SPD admitted it is reviewing allegations procedures in the unit were not properly handled. according to The Seattle Times:

The investigation has forced the department to pull all but one member of its five-member DUI Squad from the street and assign them to desk duties, according to police.

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News Roundup
6:52 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle Deputy Police Chief Clark Kimerer on Feb. 16, announcing SPD findings that the fatal shooting of John T. Williams last summer was not justified. A new SPD report finds police use of force declined sharply between 2006 and 2009.
Liam Moriarty KPLU News

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Report: Seattle Police Don't Abuse Use of Force
  • Supreme Court Sides With Local Peace Activist
  • Gonzaga Makes NCAA Field

 

Seattle Police: Our Use of Force "Rare"

Seattle Police say the public's impression that officers are using more physical force is wrong.  In fact, a new department report makes the case that use of force is rare. The SeattlePI.com's Casey McNerthny details  a number of recent incidents where officers have been under scrutiny for charges of excessive force.  Still, the report:

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