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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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…


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

September 17, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Shoreline professor dies in downtown Seattle stabbing

Enough talk Another senseless downtown murder, and Seattleites begin to wonder where it’s going to end. [“1 killed, 1 hurt in random Seattle stabbing,” NW Sunday, Sept. 15.] A man is killed protecting his date from an apparently addled street person while leaving a soccer game in Pioneer Square, and the police response is to tell…


Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle | Topics: downtown, pioneer square, police

September 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Public safety in downtown Seattle

Unpleasant experiences There has been much said and written about the environment in downtown Seattle lately. [“Council, stakeholders discuss downtown crime,” NW Thursday, Sept. 5.] I have been in the area of Pine and Pike at various times making deliveries, and I have seen so many things I consider disturbing and unsafe. I am not trained to…


Comments | More in Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown seattle, drugs

August 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Increasing police patrols in Seattle crime hot spots

Question the money According to the recent article in The Seattle Times, the money being used to extend police patrols comes from “better-than-expected city revenues.” [“McGinn taps $400K to boost patrols in crime hot spots,” page one, Aug. 16.] What does that mean? Where else would or could it have been spent? It seems like there…


Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: crime, downtown, hot spots

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