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Category: Seattle Police Department
July 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Focus less on use-of-force, more on support for police

Federal monitor Merrick Bobb, Seattle’s mayor, the City Council and The Seattle Times are ignoring a basic law-enforcement issue by focusing exclusively on the Seattle Police Department’s use-of-force policies [“Federal monitor impressed by O’Toole as police chief so far,” Local News, July 16]. Procedures that keep cops safe on the street are vital, and…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Merrick Bobb, Phillip Johnson

June 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Seattle police reforms: Walk a mile in police officers’ shoes first

In Stephen K. Rice and Karen Collins Rice’s guest column on changing the Seattle Police Department’s culture they ask, “How have I contributed to, or detracted from, success?” ["How to change the culture of the Seattle Police Department," Opinion, June 20]. I have one suggestion to the writers, as well as to City Council…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Karen Collins Rice, police, Richard Askren

June 20, 2014 at 6:03 AM

I-5 shooting, shutdown: A job well-done by police

After the terrible shooting and traffic halt on Interstate 5 this week, I would like to give the Seattle police and Washington State Patrol my standing ovation for a job well done under extreme traffic conditions [“Man shot in officer-involved shooting on I-5 bridge,” Local News, June 16]. I was stuck on the bridge…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Interstate 5, Mike McBride, seattle police

June 3, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Seattle police lawsuit: Hold police accountable

Some Seattle police officers have filed a lawsuit objecting to the court-monitored use-of-force policy [“Reform Seattle police, without the drama,” Opinion, June 1]. They appear to say they want to use force and shoot at their own discretion. As a civil-rights lawyer, I see the other side. I represent the unarmed victims of police…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: John Muenster, lawsuit, seattle police

May 30, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Support lawsuit against DOJ so Seattle police can do their jobs

The U.S. Department of Justice and other civil-rights groups have tied the hands of the Seattle Police Department so it can no longer be effective in dealing with the bad guys ["Seattle cops sue over DOJ reforms," Local News, May 28]. While no one condones racial profiling or the unreasonable use of force in…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Charles Hodson, lawsuit, Seattle Police Department

May 27, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police chief: Kathleen O’Toole is an impressive choice

Kathleen O’Toole, former Boston police commissioner, beams Monday as Mayor Ed Murray announces she’s his choice for Seattle police chief. (BETTINA HANSEN / The Seattle Times)

When Seattle Mayor Ed Murray asked me to serve on his search committee for the next police chief, I didn’t hesitate to accept his offer [“O’Toole spells out ambitious plan to bolster Seattle police,” Local News, May 19]. This was not only because of the opportunity to work with Mayor Murray again, but the opportunity to help such a wonderful city shape its future and serve its community.

Everyone who lives, works and visits Seattle should feel confident in the selection of Kathleen O’Toole as the

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: John Lovick, police chief, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

January 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Interim police chief: Reinstate Nick Metz

Mayor Ed Murray’s appointment of Harry C. Bailey to interim police chief is laudable [“New interim chief to head Seattle Police Department,” Local News, Jan. 7]. Bailey is known throughout the Seattle community for his integrity, professionalism and duty to service. Perhaps some of the previous decisions by Interim Chief Jim Pugel can now…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Harry C. Bailey, Mayor Ed Murray, Nick Metz

September 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Seattle Police Department volunteers

A tremendous job My team, Monster and Sea, participated in the 60-mile walk to help fund breast-cancer research this past weekend. I cannot go another minute without telling everyone what a tremendous job the volunteers from Seattle Police Department did. They decorated their bikes and rode every mile beside the walkers, encouraging, praising and creating an atmosphere…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: breast cancer walk, cancer, Seattle Police Department

September 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Police use surveillance to identify criminals

Downtown needs more cameras I see in local television coverage that the police are seeking public assistance in identifying a criminal by viewing footage from a surveillance camera. Seems that every week or so we see surveillance-camera footage on the news accompanied by a request for public assistance. Aren’t these the same kind of cameras that the…

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Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle Police Department | Topics: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, safety

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