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Public Records Fight
5:45 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Considers SPD Dash-Cam Video Policy

The Temple of Justice, home to Washington's State Supreme Court.
Credit H. Barrison / Flickr

Washington Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that spotlights the Seattle Police Department’s policy regarding public access to dash-camera video footage. The lawsuit, brought by KOMO News against SPD, comes at a time when the police force faces heightened scrutiny about transparency and public accountability.

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Calling For Help
12:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

If Calling 911 Is So Easy, Why Are People Doing It Wrong?

When calling 911, know your location.
Flickr Photo/nadbasher

A new public service announcement by the state’s Emergency Management Division urges you to always “know your location” just in case you have to call 911. Emergency dispatchers say they often get calls from people who can’t describe where they are or even how to get there. With 70 percent of 911 calls coming from cell phones, it’s much harder for operators to pinpoint a specific location.

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Crime fighting tool
9:42 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Seattle Police Using Data-Driven Program To Prevent Property Crime

In this photo taken June 29, 2012, UCLA anthropology professor Jeff Brantingham displays computer generated predictive policing zones at the Los Angeles Police Department Unified Command Post.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

The Seattle Police Department is using a new software program designed to help predict where crimes are most likely to occur in the city.

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Marijuana
12:17 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Puff, Puff, Pass A Sobriety Check? The Science Of Marijuana Intoxication

Fetmano Flickr

State toxicologist Fiona Couper recently stated that violations for driving under the influence of marijuana have not gone up since the passage of Initiative-502. But marijuana legalization is still in its early stages and to be charged with a DUI the driver has to get caught with 5 nanograms per milliliter of active THC in their bloodstream. David Hyde talks with Dr. Marilyn Huestis from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and tries to make sense of the science of marijuana intoxication.  

Gun Buy Back
9:20 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Seattle's Gift Cards-For-Guns Event Sells Out

A plastic bin of assorted guns turned in by people in exchange for gift cards at Seattle's first gun buyback event in 20 years.
Allie Ferguson

Hundreds of people came out on a chilly Saturday morning to exchange their guns for $100 and $200 Amazon.com gift cards in the first guy buyback event held in Seattle in 20 years. People stood in line holding rifles in camouflage cases and shot guns wrapped in blankets among other things. Traffic clogged up city streets near the parking lot where the event took place.

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School Zone Traffic
12:08 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Cars Caught Speeding On Camera Now Get $189 Tickets

Starting Monday, drivers who speed past any of four Seattle schools will get tickets in the mail. Vehicles that go more than 20 miles per hour when school is in session are caught on camera.

The four schools with speed cameras are Thurgood Marshall Elementary on the I-90 lid, Gatewood Elementary in West Seattle, and Olympic View Elementary and Broadview Thomson K-8 in the north end.

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Remembrance
9:17 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting. Photo by Marques Hunter via Wikipedia

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:04 am

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

Chris Sorrells is probably alive today because of a twist of fate. He says he would have been at coffee that morning with his fellow officers. But his wife had gotten up early with him and made coffee at home – something she didn’t normally do.

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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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Elections 2012
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

King County Sheriff Candidates Debate

King County Sheriff bike patrols in downtown Seattle.
(Flickr photo/N i c o l a)

Whoever wins the election to lead the King County Sheriff's Department will have his work cut out for him. Two performance audits in recent months have criticized how the department handles internal investigations and use-of-force complaints. Steve Strachan has been interim sheriff since Sue Rahr departed earlier this year. Strachan faces a veteran of the department in the race, former KCSD spokesman John Urquhart. They join us in studio.

Marijuana
5:44 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Report: Arrests For Marijuana Disproportionally Affect Blacks, Latinos And Native Americans

Marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A new study by Marijuana Arrest Research Project says more than 240,000 people in Washington have been arrested for marijuana possession over the past 25 years, and that those arrested are disproportionally Black, Latino and Native American.

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