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Category: Seattle Police Department
October 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police need more freedom to perform duties

We don’t need more police on the beat as much as we need to untie the hands of those already on duty ["Seattle needs to crack down on street crime with more police," Opinion, Oct. 13]. We have restricted the normal operation of those on duty by the frivolous lawsuits and federal meddling to…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Charles Hodson, consent decree, seattle police

October 7, 2014 at 12:46 PM

SPD body cameras: Praise for Bruce Harrell’s leadership and vision

An officer wears one of the new body cameras that Washington, D.C., police will begin using to document arrests and other incidents. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

With regard to the article “SPD to test body cameras on a dozen officers,” [Local News, Sept. 24] I think it important to further highlight Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s leadership and vision on this issue. For more than five years, he has been actively advocating the use of police body cameras.

Several weeks ago The Hill, the D.C.-centric political website, provided this partial summary of the White House’s position on body cameras: “The White House on Monday signaled its

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: body cameras, Bruce Harrell, ferguson

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

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