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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 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

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

September 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Seattle police dress in 49er gear to patrol Seahawks game

Sent police downtown What’s up with Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers playing dress-up to attend Seahawks games for free? [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.] I don’t remember there being a problem with fans in losing years. Are they lining up to get a security gig dressing up as opposing fans at the Mariner’s…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department, Seattle Seahawks | Topics: safety, seahawks, Seattle Police Department

August 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Seattle Police Department and city attorney

City attorney at fault Finally, you have identified the major problem with crime in this city, in a great article by Steve Miletich and Lynn Thompson. [“SPD request to crack down on ‘repeat offenders’ denied,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.] It’s not the Seattle Police Department; It is our city attorney, who refuses to do his job…

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Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: city attorney, crime, repeat offenders

August 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Cop cameras recording license plates

Surveillance, database are disturbing The article on the police surveillance cameras was disturbing on many levels. [“Cop cameras capture your license plates,” page one, Aug. 4.] If the system can identify the tags of stolen cars, parking-ticket scofflaws and the cars of any other targeted persons of interest instantly, why is it necessary to store this…

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Comments | Topics: database, license plates, Seattle Police Department

May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

May Day protests turn violent

Seattle police did well but could have made more arrests I, for one, was happy to see the increased police action at this year’s May Day marches [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2]. While citizens have the right to “peacefully” assemble, they in no way have any right to do so…

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May 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

May Day protests turn violent

Violence distracts from protesters’ message A little night music at the May Day rally yesterday, and the next morning, all they’re talking about is the violence [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2].We won the eight-hour workday, 40-hour workweek, sick leave, medical care, competitive-wage scales and safe working conditions because labor…

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