police reform

Police Reform
8:06 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Officials Probe 'Twilight Zone' Of Police Discipline Reversals

Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey's recent discipline reversals are coming under scrutiny from the police auditor and Seattle City Council.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle officials plan to seek changes to the obscure union appeals process that has allowed reversals of police misconduct findings.

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Reform Efforts
2:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms.

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Police Reform
2:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

SPD's New Approach For Treating People With Mental Illnessnes And Drug Addiction

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, about the Seattle Police Department's new policy for dealing with people who have mental illnesses or drug and alcohol issues. Hobson is also a member of Seattle's Community Police Commission.

Seattle Police Department
7:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Legal Group Condemns Seattle Police Interim Chief For ‘Prejudging’ Shooting Investigation

Harry Bailey, interim chief of the Seattle Police, at a recent news conference.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A legal organization in Seattle said that interim chief of the Seattle Police Department Harry Bailey’s comments about a recent officer-involved shooting will make it harder for investigators to do their jobs and undermine the troubled department's commitment to reform.

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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 Reform
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes To The Upper Brass At Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department will see changes to the upper brass.
Flickr Photo/Dmitri Fedortchenko

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about the changes at the Seattle Police Department.

Police Reform
1:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Federal Monitor's Draft Report Critical Of SPD Reform Efforts

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about federal monitor Merrick Bobb's draft report on reform efforts at the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Police Accountability
10:04 am
Mon October 21, 2013

New Civilian Director Seeks to Restore Seattle Police’s Reputation

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

Pierce Murphy is the new civilian director for Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability. Both SPD and OPA have been under tight scrutiny since a Department of Justice's 2011 investigation found evidence of biased policing and unlawful use of force. Murphy says his first task is restoring credibility for the OPA. Marcie Sillman talks with Murphy.

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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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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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