Seattle Police Department

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.

Marijuana Legalization
7:46 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Hempfest Backlash: Seattle Police Spokesman Subject Of Discrimination Complaint

The SPD Doritos giveaway at last year's Hempfest was a viral hit, but it is now the subject of a complaint.
NPR Photo/Martin Kaste

The Seattle Police Department made national headlines when officers gave away bags of Doritos at last year’s Hempfest. But some police officers were not supportive of the department’s lighthearted approach to marijuana users.

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Police Reform
3:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New Rule Allows SPD Chief To Hire Top Staff From Outside Department

The new ordinance allows the police chief to hire top command staff from outside the department.
Flickr Photo/ME659! (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper about a new city policy that allows the police chief to hire top command staff from outside the department.

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Ask The Mayor
3:34 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray On Police Reform, Minimum Wage, And The Seahawks

Newly inaugurated Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Flickr Photo/Joe Szilagyi

Marcie Sillman sits down with new Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray to talk about a range of issues currently facing the city.

Week In Review
12:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Murray And Sawant Take Office, SPD Shakeup, And 520 Bridge Over Budget

Newly inaugurated Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The eyes of the nation descended on Seattle city hall this week as Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant took office. In one of his first acts, the mayor named Harry Bailey Seattle's new interim police chief. Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the 520 bridge project will need a lot more money to get completed.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Seattle Police
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

King County NAACP President Says New Interim Police Chief A Disappointment

Gerald Hankerson
From Gerald Hankerson's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with King County NAACP president Gerald Hankerson about Murray's new appointment of Harry Bailey as the interim police chief.

Seattle Police
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Mayor Murray Appoints New Seattle Interim Police Chief

Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.

Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW reporter Amy Radil about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's appointment of former assistant chief Harry Bailey as the new interim police chief to replace Jim Pugel.

Seattle Police Department
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

'Making Sure All Force Is Constitutional' Key Point Of New Seattle Police Policy

Flickr Photo/Blanca Garcia Gil

Marcie Sillman interviews Jim Pugel, Seattle Police Department's interim chief, about new policies on the use of force that was signed off by a federal judge.

Police
6:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Judge Approves New Use-Of-Force Policy For Seattle Police

Police officers in downtown Seattle.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

Beginning next year Seattle police officers will be required to carry at least one weapon such as pepper spray in addition to their service revolvers.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mandela’s Life, Minimum Wages, And A Seattle Police Shakeup

Nelson Mandela casting his vote in 1994. He passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
From Wikipedia.

The world remembers Nelson Mandela, the Seattle Police Department shakes up its top ranks and supporters of a $15-an-hour minimum wage walk from SeaTac to Seattle. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Week In Review Extra

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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.

Crime
3:40 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Sex Offender Who Fled Canada Charged With Harassment

Michael Sean Stanley has been arrested for a disturbance in West Seattle, he is also suspected of a sexual assault.
AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

UPDATE 10/23/13, 6:20 p.m. PT: According to Dan Donohue, spokesman for the King County prosecutor office, the assault claim against Michael Sean Stanley remains under investigation and has not yet been referred to prosecutors.

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A man described by Canadian police as a sexually violent predator pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday morning to the misdemeanor charge of harassment after being arrested on Tuesday in West Seattle. 

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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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Public Safety
1:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Violent Sex Offender Flees Canada, But Seattle Police Can't Arrest Him

Michael Sean Stanley, described by police as a violent sex offender, has been tracked to downtown Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Update: Michael Sean Stanley has registered as a sex offender in Washington state. 

A man described by Seattle police as a “sexually violent predator” has been located in downtown Seattle but will not be arrested.

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Shooting
11:55 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Woman Found Shot Dead On Burke-Gilman Trail In Wallingford

The woman's body was found near the 2400 block of North Northlake Way.
Google Maps

A woman in her 20s was found shot dead at 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning just off the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

Police believe this was a targeted hit and that the woman was not killed at random. Officers have not yet identified the woman, according to a police spokesman.

A passerby found the woman on the popular trail at North Northlake Way and Eastern Avenue North and called 911.

Homicide detectives initially cleared the area and have since reopened the trail to pedestrians and cyclists.

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