Seattle Police Department

Public Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Are Seattle Police Targeting Black Pot Smokers?

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about whether a disproportionate amount of black people are issued tickets for public pot use. Holmes says he's working on a plan to provide public spaces that are safe to smoke marijuana.

Seattle WTO
2:03 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske sits under an image of New York's Ground Zero in his office in Washington. For him, it serves as a daily reminder of the security threats that have shaped his agency.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:57 am

The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.

R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's Morning Edition. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. (Click here for a full transcript of the interview.)

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Neighborhoods
11:29 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eight Guns, One Week: South Seattle Fights Street Violence

Concerned neighbors in Othello Park, from left, Sarah Valenta, program coordinator for HomeSight, Daphne Schneider, co-chair of the Othello Park Alliance and Patrice Thomas, Community and Economic Development Assistant at Southeast Effective Development (SEED).
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Twenty-three years ago, acting Captain Steve Strand was patrolling Columbia City on a mountain bike, busting alleyway crack dealers. The officers under his charge are still patrolling on mountain bikes, but the neighborhood landscape has changed.

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Tackling Violence
7:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said comforting families of shooting victims has been one of the toughest parts of his job.
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In the wake of recent gun violence, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city faces a crisis of confidence in public safety.

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Doritogate
10:48 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Pot Shots: How Marijuana Legalization Tore Apart The Seattle Police Media Unit

One of the bags of Doritos handed out at Hempfest in August.
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In March 2012, the Seattle Police Department made an unorthodox hire: Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, a former cops reporter who had worked at The Stranger and was writing a blog, seattlecrime.com.

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Police Chief Confirmation
10:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People'

Kathleen O'Toole chats with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess before sitting down to talk with the Public Safety Committee.
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Seattle Police Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was one of several question and answer sessions O’Toole will attend as part of her confirmation process.

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Week In Review
2:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Police File A Lawsuit, City Council Agrees On $15, And Ramtha The Racist

US Attorney Jenny Durkan said "I suspect that many of the people who signed it haven’t even read the use of force policy," in response to the Seattle Police Officers who filed a lawsuit against the reform policies.
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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.

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Law Enforcement
1:04 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Feds: Seattle Police Officers' Lawsuit Has No Merit

US Attorney Jenny Durkan talks to reporters at the Federal Building in Seattle.
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U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan slammed a lawsuit filed by more than a hundred Seattle police officers who filed a legal complaint against city and federal officials. The officers say a new policy that dictates how police can use force restricts their constitutional rights to protect themselves.

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Week In Review
12:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

America's Fastest Growing Big City, Seattle's New Police Chief And Macklemore's Disguise

Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for the next Seattle Police chief.
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Seattle is America's fastest growing city over the past year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Former Boston police chief Kathleen O'Toole is Mayor Ed Murray's pick for Seattle's top cop. There's another plan to pay for bus service in Seattle, this one from City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant. And Macklemore apologizes for his choice of costume at a surprise performance at the EMP.

Steve Scher talks over these stories and more of the week's news with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Jon Talton of the Seattle Times.

Police Culture
3:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Are Police Departments Still Boys Clubs?

Former King County sheriff Sue Rahr in 2008.
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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.

Seattle Police Department
2:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chief Nominee O'Toole: 'I Don't Want To Just Tick Boxes'

'X' marks the spot. Kathleen O'Toole was announced as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee for Seattle Police Department chief.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

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

Law Enforcement
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Boston Top Cop Kathleen O'Toole Picked To Head Seattle Police

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for Seattle chief of police.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Kathleen O’Toole, formerly the Boston police commissioner and Ireland’s chief inspector, has been selected as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee as Seattle's top cop.

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Seattle Police
8:06 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Which One Will He Pick? Murray To Declare Police Chief Monday

"X" marks the spot on Monday ahead of Mayor Murray's announcement of the next police chief.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his pick for the city’s next police chief.

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Week In Review
1:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Funding Bus Service In Seattle, Universal Pre School And SPD Chief Candidates

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal for saving metro bus service in Seattle,  unveiled a plan to bring universal pre school to Seattle kids, and will determine who will be the new police chief Monday.

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Seattle Police
3:44 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Former Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel Reflects On His Career

Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.
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Ross Reynolds sits down with former interim Police Chief Jim Pugel to reflect on his 31 year career with the Seattle Police Department, the future of policing and his current work with the Open Society Foundation.

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