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Reporter Dominic Holden at his going-away roast after departing The Stranger,  Nov. 1, 2014. Holden submitted a complaint to the SPD after an incident in July 2013.
Joe Mabel

In the summer of 2013, Seattle journalist Dominic Holden, a reporter for The Stranger, filed a complaint with Seattle’s Office of Professional Accountability, saying a police officer tried to harass and intimidate him. The OPA sustained his complaint, saying the officer had broken rules on professional courtesy and deserved a one-day suspension without pay. The case was closed.

Then in February last year, Holden heard indirectly that the officer had appealed the finding. Interim SPD Chief Harry Bailey had reached a settlement with the officer in which the misconduct finding was, in fact, reversed.

The family of a man shot by police in Pasco, Washington, this month is challenging police investigators’ autopsy findings.

Bernie Lau when he first became a Seattle Police officer in the early 1970s. Lau soon became a detective working undercover in Chinatown, as the International District was known then.
Courtesy of Bernie Lau

On July 16, 1982, Lai Kuen Lau, 47, and her mother King Chun Chin, 71, were killed in their home on Beacon Hill. They were found tied and shot once in the head. Their extended family owned restaurants in and around Seattle. According to a Seattle Times report on July 21, the house was ransacked but no jewelry or cash was removed from the home, leading members of the Chinese community to speculate that they were murdered because they would have been able to identify their assailants.

Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes told reporters Wednesday bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

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.
Flickr Photo/Scott Lum (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Lisa Daugaard, policy director for the Public Defender Association and a long-time follower of police reform in Seattle, about how a decades-old city ordinance may hinder Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole's efforts to reform the department.

Former Rep. Joe McDermott, Rep. Eric Pettigrew and former Rep. Lynn Kessler at an event in 2006.`
Flickr Photo/The Children's Alliance (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, about the "open-door policy" he's developed for police and why he thinks police don't get enough recognition for the work they do. Pettigrew was recently awarded Legislator of the Year by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs.

In the Tri-Cities, new facts are emerging in the police shooting of 35-year-old Mexican farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

OPA Director Pierce Murphy moved his offices out of SPD last year to make them more accessible for the public.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Complaints to Seattle’s police oversight office have risen dramatically in the first weeks of 2015. But officials say that’s not necessarily an indication of problems at SPD. It just means word about the organization is getting out.

TRANSCRIPT

If a Seattle resident has a complaint about an interaction with a police officer, they’re supposed to contact the city’s Office of Professional Accountability.

Only a fraction of those public inquiries are ultimately investigated for possible misconduct and officer discipline.

Some Latinos in the Tri-Cities are renewing their call for a federal investigation into last week’s Pasco police shooting.

All the bullet fragments have been recovered from the Pasco police shooting scene and body of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Jeannie Yandel talks with Jennifer Shaw, deputy director of the ACLU of Washington, about the ACLU's independent investigation of the Pasco Police Department's use of force trainings and policies after the shooting of an unarmed man last week.

Ross Reynolds talks with Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes and how the town of Pasco, Washington is responding to it.

A fatal shooting in Pasco Tuesday has some saying police used excessive force against the man they killed: Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

When he was shot dead by police officers in Pasco, Washington, Antonio Zambrano-Montes did not have a gun or knife, investigators said at a press conference on Friday.

Tuesday night’s shooting of a man near a popular grocery store by three Pasco police officers has angered many residents there. The shooting was captured in several phone videos now on YouTube

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