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Emergency Numbers
5:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage

Flickr Photo/Bryan Jones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Emergency 911 service has been restored for the state of Washington after an outage affected dispatch centers throughout the state and parts of Oregon.

The lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate, but unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink.

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Consent Decree
4:39 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Dear Police, The Department Of Justice Is Watching You

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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.

Advice For Police Chiefs
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Jim Pugel Reflects On 31 Years With The Seattle Police, From WTO To Drug Policy Reform

Assistant Chief Jim Pugel speaking at a press conference on gun safety, April 18, 2012.
Credit SPD Photo

After 31 years with the Seattle Police Department, Jim Pugel is leaving. But he has no plans to retire.

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Police Reform
8:06 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Officials Probe 'Twilight Zone' Of Police Discipline Reversals

Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey's recent discipline reversals are coming under scrutiny from the police auditor and Seattle City Council.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

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

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Property Forfeitures
11:34 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

The legalization of marijuana could dry up a revenue stream for police, according to reports. Here, two men share a water pipe underneath the Space Needle shortly after a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana took effect in Seattle in 2012.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:04 pm

Some U.S. states are viewing the legalization of marijuana as a chance to gain new sources of tax revenue. Several states allow its use for medical reasons; Colorado has approved its recreational use, and Washington will follow suit this year.

But the decriminalization of pot also stands to remove a funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers. Such funding is "going up in smoke," The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Crime
11:16 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Shooting In Ravenna, Suspects At Large

The scene of a shooting in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood Tuesday morning.
Nathan Bean

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m. PT

KIRO's Natasha Chen reports that three area Seattle Public Schools that had been in "shelter in place" mode are now functioning as normal.

UPDATE: 10:42 a.m. PT

According to the Seattle Police Department blotter two suspects are involved and the victim is 56 years old. If you have information about the shooting please call the SPD tip line at 206.233.5000.

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Law Enforcement and Controversy
6:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Rick Williams On Grief, Talking To Cops And WWII Incarceration

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Rick Williams: On Anger, Grief And Gifts

In 2010, woodcarver John T. Williams was killed by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk. Controversy over the shooting led to much anger and distrust for the police department. In 2012, a 34-foot memorial totem pole was raised in John T. Williams' honor. Steve Scher talked with John T. Williams’ brother Rick Williams at the site of the totem pole.

Talking To Cops

Back in 2012, the Seattle Police asked the public for help. Deputy Chief Nick Metz urged people to talk to the police to help stop what he called a “huge increase” in shootings. That's counter to a strong "don't talk to the cops" mantra espoused by many. Steve Scher talked with columnist Larry Mizell and singer Choklate Moore about why many individuals think talking to the police is unsafe and unwise.

Stories Of WWII Incarceration

Within 48 hours of the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the FBI began arresting the Japanese-Americans they considered subversive. In its second wave of action, the rest of the Japanese-American community along the West Coast was forced to leave their homes and move to incarceration camps. These actions are a strong, vivid and very recent part of our city's history and the legacy of the Japanese-Americans living here. Steve Scher talked with Fumiko Hayashida and Sam Mitsui about their own experiences at that time.

DNA Testing
8:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Revives Washington State Debate Over DNA Collection

US Supreme Court Building
flickr/afagen

A legislator in Washington state says she will revive a bill that would make it easier for police to collect DNA samples. That’s in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The five-to-four ruling upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest from people who are charged with certain violent crimes or sex offenses.

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Undercover Law Enforcement
10:22 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Inslee Signs Law Allowing Fictitious Driver License Program To Continue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:41 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law that will allow the state’s fictitious driver license program to continue – but only for undercover law enforcement activities. At the bill signing Inslee backed away from a previous statement that he would apply a broad definition of the term “law enforcement.”

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Public Records Fight
5:45 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Considers SPD Dash-Cam Video Policy

The Temple of Justice, home to Washington's State Supreme Court.
Credit H. Barrison / Flickr

Washington Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that spotlights the Seattle Police Department’s policy regarding public access to dash-camera video footage. The lawsuit, brought by KOMO News against SPD, comes at a time when the police force faces heightened scrutiny about transparency and public accountability.

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Calling For Help
12:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

If Calling 911 Is So Easy, Why Are People Doing It Wrong?

When calling 911, know your location.
Flickr Photo/nadbasher

A new public service announcement by the state’s Emergency Management Division urges you to always “know your location” just in case you have to call 911. Emergency dispatchers say they often get calls from people who can’t describe where they are or even how to get there. With 70 percent of 911 calls coming from cell phones, it’s much harder for operators to pinpoint a specific location.

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Crime fighting tool
9:42 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Seattle Police Using Data-Driven Program To Prevent Property Crime

In this photo taken June 29, 2012, UCLA anthropology professor Jeff Brantingham displays computer generated predictive policing zones at the Los Angeles Police Department Unified Command Post.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

The Seattle Police Department is using a new software program designed to help predict where crimes are most likely to occur in the city.

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Marijuana
12:17 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Puff, Puff, Pass A Sobriety Check? The Science Of Marijuana Intoxication

Fetmano Flickr

State toxicologist Fiona Couper recently stated that violations for driving under the influence of marijuana have not gone up since the passage of Initiative-502. But marijuana legalization is still in its early stages and to be charged with a DUI the driver has to get caught with 5 nanograms per milliliter of active THC in their bloodstream. David Hyde talks with Dr. Marilyn Huestis from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and tries to make sense of the science of marijuana intoxication.  

Gun Buy Back
9:20 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Seattle's Gift Cards-For-Guns Event Sells Out

A plastic bin of assorted guns turned in by people in exchange for gift cards at Seattle's first gun buyback event in 20 years.
Allie Ferguson

Hundreds of people came out on a chilly Saturday morning to exchange their guns for $100 and $200 Amazon.com gift cards in the first guy buyback event held in Seattle in 20 years. People stood in line holding rifles in camouflage cases and shot guns wrapped in blankets among other things. Traffic clogged up city streets near the parking lot where the event took place.

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School Zone Traffic
12:08 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Cars Caught Speeding On Camera Now Get $189 Tickets

Starting Monday, drivers who speed past any of four Seattle schools will get tickets in the mail. Vehicles that go more than 20 miles per hour when school is in session are caught on camera.

The four schools with speed cameras are Thurgood Marshall Elementary on the I-90 lid, Gatewood Elementary in West Seattle, and Olympic View Elementary and Broadview Thomson K-8 in the north end.

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