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Seattle Police officers in the old uniform (left) and newly redesigned uniform (right).
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The Seattle Police Department is rolling out new looks for its shield, uniforms and police cars. Gone are the “light blue bubble” cars and “theme park” uniforms as the department ushers in a darker, sleeker style.

Cal McAllister, founder of local advertising agency The Wexley School for Girls, told KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on The Record that in a lot of ways it’s an improvement. The uniform retains a confident blue color, but is less busy and decorative.

King County Jail in downtown Seattle.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is protesting a new King County policy to release more felony suspects after booking them. King County says it’s a budget decision involving nonviolent offenders. The mayor says it’s a threat to public safety.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Fusion correspondent Dan Lieberman about the impact of police body cameras on police shootings and use-of-force incidents.

Timothy Clemans (left) and Seattle Police COO Mike Wagers at the hackathon, Friday, December 19, 2014.
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The Seattle Police Department took an unusual step Friday to address issues surrounding the release of police video recordings: They invited area tech experts to the department’s first ever hackathon.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Mike Wagers, chief operating officer at Seattle Police Department, about how an anonymous computer programmer with an outsized data request helped prompt the Seattle Police Department's first-ever Hackathon.

Seattle Police guard a building during protests on Dec. 6, 2014, in response to the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole about the police's response to recent Seattle protests to suspected racial bias in policing. 

In this file photo, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg talks to reporters at a press conference in 2009.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg about why he decided not to bring felony charges against Seattle Police Officer Adley Shepherd.

Shepherd punched Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, in the face after she resisted arrest during a domestic violence call. Durden-Bosely sustained multiple fractures to her orbital socket.

File photo of homeless person in Seattle.
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Once upon a time, Jeremy Bradford saw his life spread before him; years of infinite possibility.

The Seattle native had his life together. A successful stint in the Marines had led him to a sales career. Bradford was on an upward trajectory at one of the city's best-known department stores. 

Demonstrators at a Seattle march on Nov. 25, 2014, in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Sarah Stuteville, co-founder of the Seattle Globalist, about protester concerns about policing in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Protesters in response to the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury decisions converge on downtown Seattle on Dec. 4, 2014.
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  What did the Seattle protests accomplish? There were plenty to look at. We’ll separate Westlake Christmas tree chants from anarchist rocks. Also, with the Harvard Exit movie theater closing and the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker ending, is Seattle losing its soul? And just how clean will the Duwamish River get (and how gentrified will its riverbanks become)?

Bill Radke reviews the news with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger and Joni Balter. Plus, KUOW EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle-King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson about police reform in Seattle in the wake recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Is Seattle Any Different Than Ferguson?

Nov 25, 2014
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“Hands up, don’t shoot,” protesters chanted, their hands up as they streamed down Seattle streets on Monday night and Tuesday. “Black lives matter.”

They were protesting a Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. As they protested, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray held a news conference, saying the city is committed to the goals of racial and social justice.

"We are failing our young African-American men," he said.

Beloved sandwhich shop Paseo closed suddenly this week, leading to a lot of foodie grief in Seattle.
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A beloved Cuban sandwich shop falls apart. A gun-rights rally is coming to Olympia. Should police bother to find who broke into your car? Is our lieutenant governor a slacker? And what would you put into a Washington state time capsule?

Bill Radke is with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher and LiveWire’s Luke Burbank to answer these questions.

Marcie Sillman speaks with KUOW reporter Amy Radil  about the changes Seattle Mayor Ed Murray made this week concerning police accountability. He’s making a citizen oversight group called the Community Police Commission permanent.

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Someone pursuing a complaint about a Seattle police officer no longer needs to enter the Seattle Police Department to do so. Instead, the department’s civilian oversight director has moved his office into a space he says will be more welcoming.

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Hate crimes are up in Seattle despite the increasing efforts of Seattle Police to fight them.

Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle are hotspots for crime that involves hatred of targeted groups of people, according to Seattle Police.

Marcie Sillman sits down with KUOW reporter Amy Radil to talk about a recent meeting at the Capitol Hill precinct where Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole addressed police use of force and tickets that were issued for smoking marijuana in public.

Seattle Police cars
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Marcie Sillman speaks with NPR law enforcement correspondent Martin Kaste about his two-part NPR story on the debate over use-of-force, and how it applies in Seattle.

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Seattle police officers are not using enough force.

That’s according to an internal email sent last week. The email, obtained by KUOW, says that hesitancy to use force could pose risks to officers and the public.

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In the first six months of its new ordinance, the Seattle Police Department issued about 100 citations for smoking pot in public.

Jenny Durkan
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Ross Reynolds talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, who announced that she will step down at the end of the month. She looks back at her role in Seattle Police Department reform, preventing cyber crime and shaping state marijuana laws.

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Crime is up in Southeast Seattle, according to Seattle Police say.

At a crime prevention meeting Wednesday night, South Precinct Captain David Proudfoot said their highest priority  is to tackle the rise in street crime.

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When Seattle Police Department officials dug into the data from its first report about marijuana enforcement they found that 80 percent of tickets were issued by one officer.

One apparently very frustrated officer.

In one citation, the officer refers to Washington state's legal pot law as “silly.” He also added at the bottom of the citations, "Attn: Petey Holmes," a snarky reference to Seattle's city attorney, Pete Holmes.

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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.

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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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.

KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

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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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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