crime

Capitol Hill
11:35 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Gays Most Frequently Targeted In Seattle Hate Crimes

Seattle Police, including Chief Kathleen O'Toole, far right, appear before Seattle City Council Monday to discuss hate crimes. Police are focusing on Capitol Hill where attacks on gays has increased.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Hate crimes are up in Seattle despite the increasing efforts of Seattle Police to fight them.

Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle are hotspots for crime that involves hatred of targeted groups of people, according to Seattle Police.

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Police
1:09 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Police Captain: Engaged Residents The Best Defense Against Rising Crime

Southeast Seattle residents met Wednesday night to discuss their concerns about rising crime in the neighborhood with Captain David Proudfoot and Chief Kathleen O'Toole.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

Crime is up in Southeast Seattle, according to Seattle Police say.

At a crime prevention meeting Wednesday night, South Precinct Captain David Proudfoot said their highest priority  is to tackle the rise in street crime.

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Crime
3:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

This Underground Trade Makes Wash. Detectives Crabby, Very Crabby

Flickr Photo/raromachine (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Detective Julie Cook from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently solved a case she’s been working on since 2012. Cook worked undercover selling crabs, posing as the fisherman’s wife or girlfriend (women aren’t typically fishermen), hauling the catch around town in a dirty pickup.

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Law And Crime
3:25 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Accused Teen Killer In North Idaho Moved Back To Juvenile Detention

File photo of Eldon Samuel.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 2:47 pm

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.

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Sociology
12:56 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Exploring The Link Between Unemployment And Crime

(Brandon Anderson/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 11:37 am

The monthly jobs report is out: the economy added 209,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate ticked up just barely — from 6.1 to 6.2 percent — as more Americans started looking for work.

It’s the sixth straight month where job gains in the U.S. have topped 200,000 — a strong indication that the economy is healthy and growing.

But numbers alone only tell part of the story. Another piece: many of the high-paying jobs that were lost in the recession are being disproportionately replaced with low-paying ones.

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Crime & Courts
7:37 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Jailed In Washington? You Have A Right To A Bail Bondsman

File photo of the Washington state Supreme Court in Olympia.

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:11 pm

You’ve heard of your Miranda rights, but did you know that most state constitutions also give you a right to a bail bondsman?

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One Survivor's Story
4:18 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Jennifer Hopper Reclaims Her Identity With Love And Honesty

Jennifer Hopper in KUOW's green room.
Credit KUOW Photo/Akiko Oda

A life can change in a moment.

For Jennifer Hopper, that moment was July 19, 2009, the night Isaiah Kalebu broke into the South Park home that Hopper shared with her fiancée Teresa Butz. The man repeatedly stabbed and raped the two women. Butz died on the street in front of her home.

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Community Supervision
6:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tracking Sex Offenders In 'A World Of Lies And Deceit'

Community Corrections Officer Iris Peterson at her desk.
Credit Patricia Murphy

A Level 3 sex offender charged with kidnapping a child returns to court this week. Prosecutors say Jesse Brisbin snatched a 6-year-old girl from a park in Beacon Hill and assaulted her.

Brisbin, who has pleaded not guilty, has been supervised by the Department of Corrections since 2011. His arrest highlights how difficult it can be to manage the state's highest risk sex offenders who have been released from prison.

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Dangerous Conditions
5:05 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Marijuana Activists Cheer Federal Crackdown On Hash Oil Manufacturer

Two men who produced marijuana candy appeared in federal court Friday for a detention hearing . They’re accused of endangering others while manufacturing marijuana extracts.

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Homelessness
2:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Why The City Of Arlington Outlawed Panhandling

Flickr Photo/Blake Burkhart (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bruce Stedman, Arlington's acting police chief, and Doug Honig, ACLU of Washington's communications director, about the city's strict new approach to panhandling.

Courts
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

Eldon Samuel III

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

The ACLU of Idaho has joined the fight to move an accused teenage killer out of solitary confinement and back into juvenile detention.

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Courts
7:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Says 'Stop And Frisk' Went Too Far

File photo of the Washington Supreme Court chambers.

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:25 pm

Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search, then it’s unconstitutional.

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Corrections
7:42 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For 'Self-Harm'

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:27 pm

Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.

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Gun Violence
8:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Most Likely To Commit Gun Violence? Not The Mentally Ill

Credit Seattle City Council / University of Washington

Treat people hospitalized for gunshot injuries as you would treat addicts.

That’s the counsel of Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics, who headed a University of Washington study that found that patients who had been shot were more likely to be arrested within five years than people with a psychiatric history.

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Sex Slave Trade
3:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Prostitution Pipeline To U.S. Begins In Tenancingo, Mexico

Many of the women taken in Tenancingo wind up working as prostitutes in Queens, according to a new Fusion documentary. (Screenshot from documentary trailer)

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:06 pm

A new documentary by Fusion tells the story of Tenancingo, Mexico — just a few hours south of Mexico City. Tenancingo is in the Mexican state that is the single largest source of sex slaves who are sent to the U.S., according to the U.S. State Department.

Fusion’s documentary, “Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Slave Trade,” takes place on both sides of the border: in Tenancingo and in Queens, New York. Many of the women taken in Tenancingo wind up working in Queens.

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