police reform

Shooting Investigation
8:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

King County Sheriff's Civilian Overseer "Disinvited" To Meetings

King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Charles Gaither of King County's Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.
Courtesy of King County

The King County Sheriff’s Office directly serves over half a million people in King County. Like the Seattle Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office is reforming the way it handles the use of force. The changes come in the wake of a shooting last year.

Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times by a King County deputy and a Department of Corrections officer in Auburn in February 2012. He survived the shooting and reached a settlement for $3 million with King County.

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Asian-American Community Mourns
6:07 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Long-Time Seattle Community Leader Kip Tokuda Dies

Kip Tokuda at a May 6, 2013 press conference announcing reforms in police recruiting
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A prominent leader in Seattle's Asian-American community has died.

Kip Tokuda passed away suddenly, according to a statement from his family. He was 66 years old.

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Police Reform
11:57 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayoral Candidates React To Seattle Police Chief Resignation

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced his resignation to reporters at Seattle City Hall Monday April 8, 2013.
Seattle Channel

Seattle Chief of Police John Diaz announced his retirement today after 33 years with the department.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief made the announcement Monday to reporters with 30 minutes' notice.

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Seattle Police Reform
4:35 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

UPDATE: Police Commission Appointment Revives Questions About Harriet Walden

Rev. Harriett Walden told Seattle City Council members she's qualified to serve on the Community Police Commission.
The Seattle Channel

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 18, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

A March 6 special hearing by the Seattle City Council was intended to launch the city’s new Community Police Commission. But the meeting became mired in the background of one of its appointees.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Your Take On The News

It's Friday — time to review the week's top news stories with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and C.R. Douglas. A federal judge approved a first-year plan to reform the Seattle Police Department. Meanwhile, the plan was challenged in court by the Seattle Police Officer's Guild and the Seattle Police Management Association, over concerns about collective bargaining rights.

Also, a bill that would expand background checks for gun owners died in the state House. And the state's budget shortfall grew by $300 million. What stories were you following this week? Call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

Path To Police Reform
9:02 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Federal Judge Approves Seattle Police Reform Plan

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A federal judge gave the green light yesterday to a wide-ranging reform plan for the Seattle Police Department. The plan is meant to address a 2011 finding by the US Justice Department that Seattle police had engaged in an unconstitutional pattern and practice of excessive use of force.

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Police Reform
9:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Monitor Merrick Bobb's Plan For Seattle Police Reform

Seattle Police patrol cars.
Credit Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Tuesday, a federal judge approved a plan to reform Seattle's Police Department. This comes a day after the Seattle Police Officers Guild and Seattle Police Management Association filed a court challenge to the plan, raising concerns about the collective bargaining rights of police officers. We'll talk with independent monitor Merrick Bobb and senior police expert Joe Brann about the details of the reform plan.

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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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Police Reform
10:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Connie Rice On Seattle Police Reform

Seattle Police on patrol.
Credit Flickr Photo/ Eric Peacock

A plan from the court-appointed monitor overseeing Seattle’s police reforms to address biased policing and excessive use of force within the SPD was overshadowed this week by a standoff between Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes. The two argued publicly over who has authority to act on the city’s behalf. Yesterday, Mayor McGinn said he regretted the public argument and called for a pause. L.A.-based civil rights attorney Connie Rice is advising the mayor's office as the city moves forward on a consent decree with the Justice Department. We’ll speak with her about the work so far and what she calls a “quest for trust” in Seattle.

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Unmanned Aircraft Cancelled
1:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Seattle Grounds Police Drones Program

Seattle Police Officer James with a drone.
Credit KUOW photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn put an end to a controversial  program where unmanned miniature helicopters equipped with cameras would be used to fight crime. Critics had privacy concerns about police surveillance. The timing of Mayor McGinn's decision could become an issue in his re-election bid.

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