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Seattle Police Reform
2:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Community Police Commission Weighs In On Discipline

Credit AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

Marcie Sillman talks with Lisa Daugaard, co-chair of the Community Police Commission, about the discipline system for Seattle police officers.

Legalized Marijuana
2:56 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning

Flickr Photo/Rusty Blazenhoff (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

Focus On Diversity
9:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Police Reforms Shift To Officer Training

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan speaks at a press conference about Seattle Police reforms.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

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.

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Police
6:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Judge Approves New Use-Of-Force Policy For Seattle Police

Police officers in downtown Seattle.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

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.

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Border Lawsuit Settled
9:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Border Patrol To Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops

US Border Patrol Agent Chris Dyer drives his truck through a forested area near Forks, Wash., in March 2011.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Civil rights attorneys in Seattle will get reports of all US Border Patrol traffic stops on the Olympic Peninsula for the next 18 months.

That’s one of the settlement terms announced Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleged agents racially profiled people they pulled over.

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Federal Enforcement On Tribal Land
4:04 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Yakama Nation And Justice Department Settle Lawsuit Over Raid

The Yakama Nation tribe and the US Justice Department have settled a lawsuit over access to tribal lands.

On February 15, 2011  federal agents raided a Yakama tribal cigarette manufacturer. The dispute over federal taxes in that case continues, but the raid prompted a lawsuit.

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Lawsuit Against SPD
5:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Excessive Force Suit Filed Against Seattle Police Department And Officer

Screenshot from the dash-cam video from Seth Germain's arrest, showing the stolen car crashed into a ditch.
Courtesy Lincoln Beauregard and Lee Rousso.

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.

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Fight For Federal Recognition
6:21 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Seattle's Fragmented Duwamish Tribe Struggles For Identity

Duwamish chairwoman Cecile Hansen hold her grandson, Maximus Pearson.
Liz Jones KUOW

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.

“Are you all happy to be here?” asks Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe.

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.

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Shepard-Byrd Act
7:15 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Federal Prosecution Adds Stiff Penalty To Hate Crime Charge

Sukhvir Singh, a Seattle cab driver, was attacked by a passenger in a vicious hate crime in November 2007.
PRNewsFoto/Sikh Coalition

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.

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Terrorism Or Entrapment?
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (left) and Walli Mujahidh aim machine guns purchased from a police informant in 2011. Mujahidh is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
U.S. Attorney's Office

A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.

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Seattle Police Reform
1:12 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Lawsuit Complicates Seattle Police Reform Plan

Two Seattle police unions have filed a lawsuit against a federal plan to reform the police department.

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Seattle Police Reform
11:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Policing The Seattle Police: What Will The New Community Commission Do?

Seattle Police Officers salute during a memorial service, 2006.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

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,  is supposed to ensure that the police are acting lawfully and safely.

The commission still has to be confirmed by the City Council, but Ross Reynolds sits down with commission co-chair and deputy director of the Defender Association, Lisa Daugaard, to discuss what the commission can and hopes to accomplish.

Police Accountability
6:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

SPD Confronts Another Inflammatory Video

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb offers the department's perspective on Isaac Ocak's arrest video.
Amy Radil

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.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Seattle Police Monitor Merrick Bobb On DOJ Reforms

Seattle Police patrol cars during the Occupy Seattle protests.
Credit Flickr Photo/ Eric Peacock

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 an overhaul of the SPD’s use-of-force procedures and establish guidelines for citizen contacts and stops.

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Seattle Police
11:56 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Director Of The Office Of Professional Accountability Stepping Down

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

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