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The death of a Somali teenager who fell from a Capitol Hill apartment balcony has raised questions in the local Muslim community about exactly what happened.

On the day of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., the city's SWAT team was training for an active shooter situation just minutes away from the scene of the massacre.

"We were just working through scenarios when this call went out," says Lt. Travis Walker, the SWAT team commander.

Hillsboro Police Department officers participate in meditation training in 2013. Lt. Richard Goerling argues that meditation can help police forces deal with stress that is constantly eroding “our emotional intelligence skill set.”
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Police officer Richard Goerling wasn't happy with the way he was handling the public.

“I’d leave a radio call thinking, ‘Hmm, I probably could have been more kind’ and really questioning whether or not the abrasive approach was an appropriate response,” Goerling told KUOW's Bill Radke.

He turned to yoga and meditation. It worked.

Sixty years ago Tuesday, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. A police officer made the arrest that set off the modern civil rights movement. Today police recruits in Alabama's capital city are being schooled in that history in a course designed to eliminate bias in policing.

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Hundreds of mostly peaceful protesters in downtown Seattle tried to turn the frenzied day of shopping known as Black Friday into Black Lives Matter Day.

The man arrested after a deadly attack and standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday is Robert Lewis Dear, 57, officials confirm. Police gave an honor guard to an officer who died in the attack.

Update at 3 p.m. ET: Few Details Revealed At News Event

Praising the police response and saying they're relieved that more than three people were not killed, local and state officials offered few details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation during a news conference Saturday afternoon.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart
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Bill Radke talks with King County Sheriff John Urquhart about why he's asking his off-duty deputies to carry firearms and extra ammunition following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

A small town in California is outfitting its police with nunchucks in order to give its officers another non-lethal alternative to subduing a suspect and also with hopes that it will change the perception that police officers are aggressive.

KRCR-TV reports that that Anderson Police Department has trained its officers to use the nunchucks. Sgt. Casey Day told KRCR that nunchucks allow officers to "control a suspect instead of striking them."

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has fired Senior Deputy Ben Fields over the white deputy's violent arrest of a black student at a South Carolina high school, which was filmed by several students. Lott said Fields broke department policy in the arrest.

"It's not what I expect from my deputies, and it's not what I tolerate from my deputies," Lott said.

The sheriff said he's glad students documented the arrest with videos, which he said were helpful in reviewing the case.

We've updated our earlier post with the news.

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers to move over -- or at least slow down -- when approaching an emergency vehicle that’s stopped with its lights flashing. The Patrol will begin a three-day crackdown Tuesday on drivers who don’t give troopers some space.

The Washington State Patrol is recruiting. But in this case it’s not for troopers. It’s for military veterans who applied to be troopers and weren’t hired.

Consultants leading a study on why dozens of troopers have recently left the Washington State Patrol warned Thursday that the agency is in “dire straits.”

The Yakama Nation will have more control with its tribal police and courts over crimes committed on the nation’s reservation. That’s according to the federal Interior Department this week.

Juanita High School football field in Kirkland, Washington.
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David Hyde talks to Geoff Baker, investigative reporter at the Seattle Times about the accusations of a culture of hazing at Juanita High School in Kirkland. 

Seattle Police Department patch.
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David Hyde talks to Eric Rachner, co-founder of the Center for Open Policing, about why the center sued the Seattle Police Department to get years of GPS data recording the whereabouts of patrol cars.

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