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The Seattle Police Department will soon have a bigger presence in neighborhoods. Community members will be trained to handle non-emergency incidents. They will be part of the Community Service Officer program, which the city is bringing back to Seattle after a 12 year hiatus.

There are plenty of recent stories involving white police officers who have shot and killed black men, including some who are on trial for those shootings. Then there's the case of a white cop who did not shoot a black man holding a gun — and it may have cost him his job.

It started with a 911 call for help in Weirton, W.Va., on May 6 at 2:51 a.m. An emergency dispatcher in turn put out a call for an officer.

"Had a female stating they needed someone right now. She sounded hysterical," the dispatcher said. "Hung up the phone, will not answer on call back."

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

The judge in the murder trial of former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager declared a mistrial on Monday after the jury said it could not come to a unanimous decision.

"We as the jury regret to inform the court that, despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to an unanimous decision in the case of the State vs. Michael Slager," a letter from the foreman of the jury read.

Master Police Officer Jerry GIlley lost his partner Dep. Richard Herzog in 2002.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Members of the King County Sheriff’s Office and their families gathered at the downtown Seattle courthouse Friday. 

They came to view a new memorial for 16 officers who have died in the line of duty in the agency’s history.

They said they are also mourning the death this week of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, who was shot while answering a domestic violence call.

Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET

The jury in the murder trial of former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager told the judge on Friday afternoon that it's having trouble coming to a unanimous verdict.

They will resume deliberating Monday.

Slager is accused of murder for shooting Walter Scott multiple times as he ran away from the officer in 2015, after a routine traffic stop.

Chris Kerns and his son, Nolan, laid flowers in honor of the fallen Tacoma police officer on Thursday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

A steady stream of people came to Tacoma Police headquarters Thursday. They came to pay tribute to the officer who was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute.

Three women embrace as they stand at a growing memorial, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at Tacoma Police Department headquarters in Tacoma, Wash. A Tacoma Police officer died Wednesday night at a hospital after being shot multiple times earlier in the day.
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Bill Radke talks to King County Sheriff John Urquhart about the details surrounding the shooting death of a Tacoma police officer. The officer was responding to a domestic violence call, the most common calls that lead to an officer's death. Urquhart discusses the particular challenges of domestic violence calls and why they carry such a risk for everyone involved.  

Police across the Northwest and the country are mourning the shooting death of Tacoma police officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez. He was a 17-year veteran of the department. His death is also having an effect on police recruits.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at University Methodist Church in Seattle on Wednesday night.
Sonya Harris photo

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has some advice for his supporters in Seattle on working with backers of President-elect Donald Trump.

Sanders told a packed crowd at University Methodist Church on Wednesday night that both groups share similar concerns.

A police officer in Charlotte, N.C., will not face charges in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

Scott's death in September unleashed two days of unrest in Charlotte, when protesters took to the streets and in some cases threw objects at police and smashed windows.

R. Andrew Murray, the Mecklenburg County district attorney, said during a news conference Wednesday that he was "entirely convinced" that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson "was lawful in using deadly force."

Mina Sultana, co-president of the Muslim Student Association at the UW, advises all Muslim students to walk with a buddy on and off campus and 'be extra cautious of their surroundings.'
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The 911 call came in two days after the presidential election from the security guard at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.  He was reporting a possible hate crime.  

The target was a 16-year-old student who was on her way to school when a man she did not know allegedly grabbed her by the arm and refused to let her go. 


The former North Charleston, S.C., police officer charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man during a traffic stop took the stand Tuesday to testify in his own defense.

Michael Slager is accused of gunning down Walter Scott after pulling him over for a broken taillight. If convicted, Slager could face life in prison.

Eli Sanders, Rob McKenna and Mayor Ed Murray participate in KUOW's 'Week in Review' in front of a live audience at the Vera Project on Fri. July 31, 2015.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

In 2012, the City of Seattle and the federal government agreed to implement sweeping reforms of the city’s police department.

File Photo: Kathleen O'Toole speaks after being introduced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as his nominee to be Seattle's new Chief of Police, May 19, 2014.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Kim Malcolm talks with Crosscut reporter David Kroman about an independent audit of Seattle's 911 call center. The authors of the report, which Kroman obtained through a public records request, found several problems, including staffing levels, training and procedures.

A march protesting the Seattle police shooting of Che Taylor on Feb. 21 moves through downtown Seattle on Feb. 25, 2016.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Deborah Wang speaks with Jeff Robinson, about the possibility of changing Washington state law that protects law enforcement officers involved in a deadly shooting. The law currently states that police officers can only be convicted of the shooting if it is proved they acted with "malice" and with a lack of "good faith." Those are the most protective standards in the country. Robinson believes the law unfairly shields police from prosecution. Robinson is deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality at the ACLU.  

Wang also spoke with Craig Bulkley, president of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs,  about why he believes the law should stay the way it is written. Bulkley, who is also a law enforcement officer in Spokane, says there is no evidence that police are hiding behind the word "malice."

A legislative task force is expected to make a recommendation on how the state law should be changed. 

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