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February 19, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Pasco shooting: How to prevent future tragedies?

After watching the video of Antonio Zambrano-Montes being killed by Pasco police, I agree with the attorney’s statement that Zambrano-Montes’ constitutional rights were violated [“Move past race to better policing,” Opinion, Feb. 19]. The Pasco police claim that they felt threatened by rocks, but the suspect had his arms raised in the air…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Melissa Yapp, Pasco

December 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police use of force: A disparity of justice

I am a former prosecutor from Florida. The photograph of Miyekko Durden-Bosley, pictured on the front page of The Seattle Times is a frightening image [“NAACP blasts decision not to prosecute officer who punched woman during arrest,” Local News, Dec. 9]. I can not imagine that we as a society can condone punching a…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: King County, Laura J. Rodgers, Miyekko Durden-Bosley

December 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Ferguson protests: A need for body cameras

In the article posted about the militarization of police forces, I found a few of the points intriguing [“Obama pushes body cams and broad police reform,” Nation & World, Dec. 1]. I think that there needs to be greater trust between police officers and civilians. I think that the transparency that would be provided…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: body cameras, ferguson, John Rosenberger

November 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Ferguson, Mo., and Michael Brown: Was force necessary?

One question we should be asking after the Ferguson grand jury decision is: “Should a police badge be a license to kill?” [“Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies,” Nation & World, Nov. 27]. No doubt following accepted police protocol with respect to use of deadly force, officer Darren Wilson twice used his gun…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: Darren Wilson, ferguson, Lee Holmer

August 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Change the narrative surrounding police

A police tactical team prepares to disperse a group of protesters in Ferguson. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Photo: Jeff Roberson)

They are not the enemy I was pleased to read that police officials invited black community leaders and activists to discuss police engagement with the community [“Community, SPD talk about preventing a Ferguson here,” page one, Aug. 27]. I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood where cops walked the beat and kids went to the…

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Comments | More in police, Race | Topics: law enforcement, police, race

August 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Militarized police forces: Armament needed

Syndicated columnist Ross Douthat recently wrote about how ridiculous it is for police to equip as though the Symbionese Liberation Army were about to return [“Playing soldier in the suburbs,” Opinion, Aug. 18]. We don’t have to imagine such a scenario — just read the news. Imagine that each day you step outside your…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: Betty Keeton, military, police