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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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

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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 Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his pick for the city’s next police chief.

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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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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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Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Police Chief candidate Kathleen O'Toole about low-level crime enforcement and her experience working with the Justice Department. O'Toole is one of the three candidates for Seattle Police Chief. Mayor Ed Murray will announce his final decision on Monday.

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Ross Reynolds talks to Mesa, Arizona police chief Frank Milstead about the challenges he would face if he's chosen to be the next Seattle police chief. Milstead is one of three candidates vying for the position. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will announce his decision on Monday.

Ross Reynolds talks to Robert Lehner, the police chief in Elk Grove, California. Lehner is one of the three remaining candidates vying for the position of Seattle police chief.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Arizona Republic reporter Gary Nelson about Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, who is a candidate to become Seattle's next police chief.

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Marcie Sillman talks with USA Today reporter Donovan Slack about former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O' Toole, who is a finalist to become Seattle's next police chief. Slack covered police and city hall at the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2011.

Three candidates remain in the running to become Seattle’s next police chief.

Search committee co-chair Ron Sims says the short list became shorter by one candidate after the committee gave the four original finalists a written exam, conducted reference and background checks, and did intensive site visits.

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Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank. Topics of the week include Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal for a minimum wage hike that will be going to the City Council, downtown May Day activities, and the search for a new Seattle chief of police.

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May Day was supposed to be huge in Seattle this year. Television crews dispatched choppers. Police officers stood at almost every corner, poised for action. It was hot, about 88 degrees, a perfect day for a march.

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Over the last week and a half, there were five shootings in Seattle's Central District area, three of which were fatal.

The police haven't confirmed, but many people are saying the shootings are tied to gang activity.

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Ross Reynolds talks with police accountability expert, Samuel Walker, about the increased policing of the police. Walker is also the co-author of "The New World of Police Accountability."

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Marcie Sillman talks with Lisa Daugaard, co-chair of the Community Police Commission, about the discipline system for Seattle police officers.

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Marcie Sillman talks with retired Seattle police officer Steve Pomper about why he thinks the federally mandated reforms to the Seattle Police Department are unnecessary.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about efforts to bring the Seattle Police Department in line with federally mandated reforms.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Samuel Walker, author of "The New World of Police Accountability," about when the Department of Justice intervenes in local police operations and what happens if the police don't comply.

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Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Knute Berger of Crosscut and Seattle Magazine, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News and associate editor Eli Sanders of The Stranger.

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Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about the Seattle Police Department's reform efforts to address issues of biased policing and excessive use of force.

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After 31 years with the Seattle Police Department, Jim Pugel is leaving. But he has no plans to retire.

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Steve Scher talks with Lisa Daugaard, policy director of the Public Defender Association, about the Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel's decision to retire.

Then, Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas examines what Pugel's retirement means for the Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's administration and overall police reform in Seattle.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about restoring the Seattle Police Department's reputation, new cracks in the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the latest progress on the minimum wage debate.

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