police reform

Demonstrators at a Seattle march on Nov. 25, 2014, in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Sarah Stuteville, co-founder of the Seattle Globalist, about protester concerns about policing in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle-King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson about police reform in Seattle in the wake recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Demonstrators at a Seattle march on Nov. 25, 2014, in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

For the second consecutive day, several hundred protesters marched through Seattle streets Tuesday. The marches come in response to Monday’s grand jury verdict in Ferguson. As KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, many protesters in Seattle see this as a highly local issue.

Seattle mayor Ed Murray says putting more police officers on the street will be one of his big-ticket budget priorities next year.

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Murray’s 2015 budget proposal seeks to hire 100 additional police officers, a move that would cost $3.3 million dollars over two years.

SPD is also developing new policing plans for specific neighborhoods based on its most recent data.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole says she plans to hire some civilians for in-house positions so officers can be freed up.

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Efforts to implement civilian oversight of the King County Sheriff’s Office have faced a rocky path. Last week the first person ever to head the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight resigned.

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Marcie Sillman talks with ACLU president Susan Herman about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, following an officer shooting of an unarmed teenager.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Portland Mercury news editor Denis Theriault about police reform at the Portland Police Department.

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Over a hundred members of the Seattle Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the federally-mandated reforms SPD has adopted. The Seattle City Council has come to an agreement on the minimum wage proposal.

Steve Scher recaps those stories and more news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, news analyst Joni Balter and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

Are Police Departments Still Boys Clubs?

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Ross Reynolds talks to Sue Rahr about the issues women face as leaders of police departments. Rahr was the first woman to become elected as sheriff of King County in 2005 and served in that role until 2012.

On Monday Kathleen O'Toole was picked to be the the first female chief of the Seattle Police Department.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle police chief nominee Kathleen O' Toole about her top priorities for leading the Seattle Police Department.

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Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Police Chief candidate Kathleen O'Toole about low-level crime enforcement and her experience working with the Justice Department. O'Toole is one of the three candidates for Seattle Police Chief. Mayor Ed Murray will announce his final decision on Monday.

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Ross Reynolds talks to Mesa, Arizona police chief Frank Milstead about the challenges he would face if he's chosen to be the next Seattle police chief. Milstead is one of three candidates vying for the position. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will announce his decision on Monday.

Ross Reynolds talks to Robert Lehner, the police chief in Elk Grove, California. Lehner is one of the three remaining candidates vying for the position of Seattle police chief.

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Marcie Sillman talks with USA Today reporter Donovan Slack about former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O' Toole, who is a finalist to become Seattle's next police chief. Slack covered police and city hall at the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2011.

Three candidates remain in the running to become Seattle’s next police chief.

Search committee co-chair Ron Sims says the short list became shorter by one candidate after the committee gave the four original finalists a written exam, conducted reference and background checks, and did intensive site visits.

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