Department of Justice http://kuow.org en Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning http://kuow.org/post/legislature-fails-pass-medical-pot-regulations-despite-feds-warning <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, about the state failing to pass medical pot regulations and what the federal government might do about it. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:56:17 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 30547 at http://kuow.org Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning Seattle Police Reforms Shift To Officer Training http://kuow.org/post/seattle-police-reforms-shift-officer-training <p>Seattle’s ongoing effort to reform the police department seems to be shifting to a new phase, from policy to implementation. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says 2014 will be “the year of training” for Seattle cops. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:22:34 +0000 Liz Jones 28226 at http://kuow.org Seattle Police Reforms Shift To Officer Training Judge Approves New Use-Of-Force Policy For Seattle Police http://kuow.org/post/judge-approves-new-use-force-policy-seattle-police <p>Beginning next year Seattle police officers will be required to carry at least one weapon such as pepper spray in addition to their service revolvers. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:20:27 +0000 Patricia Murphy & Marcie Sillman 25669 at http://kuow.org Judge Approves New Use-Of-Force Policy For Seattle Police Border Patrol To Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops http://kuow.org/post/border-patrol-share-records-about-olympic-peninsula-traffic-stops <p>Civil rights attorneys in Seattle will get reports of all US Border Patrol traffic stops on the Olympic Peninsula for the next 18 months.</p><p>That&rsquo;s one of the settlement terms announced Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleged agents racially profiled people they pulled over.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:52:16 +0000 Liz Jones 20937 at http://kuow.org Border Patrol To Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops Yakama Nation And Justice Department Settle Lawsuit Over Raid http://kuow.org/post/yakama-nation-and-justice-department-settle-lawsuit-over-raid <p>The Yakama Nation tribe and the US Justice Department have settled a lawsuit over access to tribal lands.</p><p>On February 15<span style="line-height: 17px; font-size: 12px;">, 2011</span>&nbsp; federal agents <a href="http://www.yakimaherald.com/home/858807-8/yakama-tribal-cigarette-maker-could-face-30m-tax">raided</a> a Yakama tribal cigarette manufacturer.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The dispute over federal taxes in that case continues, but the raid prompted a lawsuit. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:04:22 +0000 Patricia Murphy 19224 at http://kuow.org Excessive Force Suit Filed Against Seattle Police Department And Officer http://kuow.org/post/excessive-force-suit-filed-against-seattle-police-department-and-officer <p>Attorneys for a man convicted of stealing a car in South Seattle two years ago have filed suit against the Seattle Police Department and one of its officers.</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:09:55 +0000 Patricia Murphy 18263 at http://kuow.org Excessive Force Suit Filed Against Seattle Police Department And Officer Seattle's Fragmented Duwamish Tribe Struggles For Identity http://kuow.org/post/seattles-fragmented-duwamish-tribe-struggles-identity <p>On a rainy Saturday afternoon, a strong brew of native tea warms up the crowd at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle. The tribe has hosted this casual tea party every spring since the longhouse opened three years ago, along the Duwamish River bank.<br><br>“Are you all happy to be here?” asks Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe.<br><br>Hansen thanks the 50 or so people for coming, then she enlists their help in the tribe’s fight for recognition. “I would send a really tough letter to our President just saying, ‘Okay, sign the status back to the Duwamish people’,” Hansen says. Wed, 22 May 2013 01:21:18 +0000 Liz Jones 13511 at http://kuow.org Seattle's Fragmented Duwamish Tribe Struggles For Identity Federal Prosecution Adds Stiff Penalty To Hate Crime Charge http://kuow.org/post/federal-prosecution-adds-stiff-penalty-hate-crime-charge <p></p><p>It’s a story you may have heard before: A drunk guy gets in a cab. His driver has dark skin, a beard and a turban. The passenger calls the driver racial names and beats him so viciously, the driver lands in the hospital and the passenger goes to jail.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:15:56 +0000 Phyllis Fletcher 10779 at http://kuow.org Federal Prosecution Adds Stiff Penalty To Hate Crime Charge Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot http://kuow.org/post/seattle-man-gets-18-years-terror-plot <p></p><p>A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:59:07 +0000 John Ryan 10346 at http://kuow.org Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot New Lawsuit Complicates Seattle Police Reform Plan http://kuow.org/post/new-lawsuit-complicates-seattle-police-reform-plan <p></p><p>Two Seattle police unions have filed a lawsuit against a federal plan to reform the police department.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:12:22 +0000 Deborah Wang 9587 at http://kuow.org Policing The Seattle Police: What Will The New Community Commission Do? http://kuow.org/post/policing-seattle-police-what-will-new-community-commission-do <p></p><p>As part of the agreement with the Department of Justice to implement reforms in the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed the creation of a Community Police Commission. The 13-member commission, selected by the mayor and City Council,&nbsp; is supposed to ensure that the police are acting lawfully and safely.</p><p>The commission still has to be confirmed by the City Council, but Ross Reynolds sits down with commission co-chair and&nbsp;deputy director of the Defender Association, Lisa Daugaard, to discuss what the commission can and hopes to accomplish. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:18:26 +0000 Ross Reynolds 7549 at http://kuow.org Policing The Seattle Police: What Will The New Community Commission Do? SPD Confronts Another Inflammatory Video http://kuow.org/post/spd-confronts-another-inflammatory-video <p></p><p>The Seattle Police Department is facing another use-of-force lawsuit accompanied by video footage. Friday the department defended its conduct at a press conference.</p><p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 02:10:35 +0000 Amy Radil 6126 at http://kuow.org SPD Confronts Another Inflammatory Video Seattle Police Monitor Merrick Bobb On DOJ Reforms http://kuow.org/post/spd-monitor-merrick-bobb-doj-reforms <p></p><p>We talk with Merrick Bobb, Seattle's new federally appointed independent police monitor. He began working in the field of police accountability 20 years ago, following the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. In Seattle, he'll help implement&nbsp;an overhaul of the SPD’s use-of-force procedures and establish guidelines for citizen contacts and stops.</p><p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3022 at http://kuow.org Seattle Police Monitor Merrick Bobb On DOJ Reforms Director Of The Office Of Professional Accountability Stepping Down http://kuow.org/post/director-office-professional-accountability-stepping-down <p></p><p>Kathryn Olson, outgoing head of the Seattle Police Office of Professional Accountability, talks with Ross Reynolds about the Department of Justice finding that police engage in use of excessive force, what the city and DOJ are doing to remedy the problems, and her role as the director of the OPA. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:56:42 +0000 Ross Reynolds 2987 at http://kuow.org Director Of The Office Of Professional Accountability Stepping Down Court Appoints Independent Monitor For Seattle Police http://kuow.org/post/court-appoints-independent-monitor-seattle-police <p>A federal judge has appointed Merrick Bobb as the independent monitor to oversee reforms to the Seattle Police Department. Bobb’s appointment follows disagreement between the Seattle city council, the police department,&nbsp; and the mayor over whether he was the best choice.</p><p>Bobb was one of four finalists. As monitor he will assess the City’s compliance with a settlement agreement between the police and the U.S. Department of Justice.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:25:17 +0000 Patricia Murphy 2656 at http://kuow.org Court Appoints Independent Monitor For Seattle Police