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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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Seattle officials plan to seek changes to the obscure union appeals process that has allowed reversals of police misconduct findings.

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A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Balter: Seattle Mayor's Honeymoon Is Ebbing

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Ed Murray is two months into his new term as Seattle's mayor. Seattle Times news analyst Joni Balter says Murray was off to a strong start, but events in the past week mean "the hotel has slid the bill under the door, the honeymoon is winding down."

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Ross Reynolds talks with retired judge Anne Levinson about how Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey is handling police officer misconduct cases. Levinson is the independent auditor for the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability.

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It’s a terrible feeling: walking out of a Seattle farmers market with your fresh rutabaga only to find that your bike is missing from where you parked it.

Detective Sergeant Cindy Granard can relate. “That can be a great tragedy – being a former bike officer I understand that.”

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Workers protest outside Seattle's fast-food restaurants to draw attention to income inequality, and the Seattle's interim police chief's recent disciplinary decision raises questions about which direction police reform is headed.

Also Washington cuts the size of legal marijuana grows after receiving nearly 3,000 applications for a state license.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, about the Seattle Police Department's new policy for dealing with people who have mental illnesses or drug and alcohol issues. Hobson is also a member of Seattle's Community Police Commission.

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A legal organization in Seattle said that interim chief of the Seattle Police Department Harry Bailey’s comments about a recent officer-involved shooting will make it harder for investigators to do their jobs and undermine the troubled department's commitment to reform.

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Seattle’s ongoing effort to reform the police department seems to be shifting to a new phase, from policy to implementation. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says 2014 will be “the year of training” for Seattle cops.

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Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about the changes at the Seattle Police Department.

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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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