Seattle Police Department

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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The Seattle Police Department has had a difficult couple of years. A strongly critical Department of Justice report found widespread excessive use of force. A federal judge is now overseeing a plan to fix the problem. 

But one bright spot in the media has been the police presence on the web and social media. Contrary to what you might expect, SPD's blog is pretty entertaining. For example one web post, MarijWhatNow, about how Seattle police would deal with legalized marijuana, drew worldwide attention and earned the "best new thing in the world today" title from the Rachel Maddow Show.

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Three out of four Seattle residents think the Seattle Police do a good job keeping the public safe.  But the police get much worse reviews from the city’s African-American and Latino communities. Seventy percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos think the department often uses excessive force.

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Attorneys for a man convicted of stealing a car in South Seattle two years ago have filed suit against the Seattle Police Department and one of its officers.

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  SPD Interim Chief Jim Pugel
Thirty-year SPD veteran Jim Pugel was appointed interim police chief in April. He took over a department facing major reforms to address federal claims of biased policing and excessive use of force. What progress is being made to comply with Department of Justice reforms? Is the SPD making progress on Mayor Mike McGinn’s 2020 police reform plan? What questions do you have for Seattle police chief Jim Pugel? Send a message to Weekday.  
 
A Visit To Stunt School
Summer movies are full of stunts performed by professionals. Ever wonder how they’re trained? Often, they go to stunt school. Katy Sewall stopped by while students were learning how to safely kick someone in the groin.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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A Capitol Hill man is dead after a nearly 9-hour standoff with police early Friday morning. Shortly after 3 a.m., Seattle Police responded to reports of shots being fired from a fifth story apartment in the Marq Condos on Bellevue Avenue. Residents in and around the building were evacuated, and a SWAT team surrounded the apartment. At around 10 a.m., police shot and killed the man after he reportedly fired shots in their direction.

  It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. The president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Rich O’Neill has said he’ll accept the DOJ reforms and urges the members of the police union to do the same. The state is preparing for a shutdown if a deal is not made on the budget. Airbus expresses its interest in Washington state, as Boeing’s 787 faces more trouble in the air. Our regular panel is in to discuss the news of the week. What news piqued your interest this week? Share your thoughts by email.

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 Seattle Police Union President Backs DOJ Reforms
The president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild Rich O'Neill is now urging members to accept the reforms the Department of Justice has mandated. Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich explains O'Neill's position.  

Art Of Our City
When Seattle Theater Group took over the Neptune Theatre, the idea was the use the historic venue for concerts and other live performances. Now STG has launched a program to provide the Neptune free of charge for community group shows. Vicky Lee from STG and Bill Anderson, producer of "Out And In," explains the launch of "Nights At The Neptune."

We Hate Our Jobs!
A new Gallup poll suggests that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean of the University of Washington Bothell School of Business explains how the workplace has changed and why that would lead to dissatisfaction.

Who Replaces Speight Jenkins?
Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins has been at his job for three decades, but next year one of the region’s best known arts leaders will step down.  After more than a year, and an international search, Jenkins’ successor has been named:  Aidan Lang, current Director of New Zealand Opera. He talks about what he’ll bring to one of Seattle’s oldest art institutions.

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