Topic: Seattle Police Department
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September 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM
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 of fun, and all while keeping us safe.
It was amazing to watch them tackle the hills while talking and joking with us, which ultimately helped keep our minds off the length and steepness of each hill.
My daughter has battled two forms of cancer since December, and they took the time to show concern and compassion while continuing to help us move forward.
The Seattle Police Department should be proud to have these men and women on their team: three days and nights of volunteering in the sun, rain, wind and traffic with smiles and their faces and what could only be described as joy in their hearts.
Connie McCoy, Snoqualmie
September 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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 American Civil Liberties Union is so adamantly against?
As downtown Seattle gets more of a reputation as being unsafe after dark, I would be happy to see more cameras, not fewer, when I visit your fair city.
Robert Gardner, Renton
September 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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 games too?
Weren’t the stadiums supposed to bring in more jobs to the area instead of using up SPD budgets to run? If you need increased security for a paid venue, then use the funds from those high-priced tickets to employ some able-bodied Seattleites to work stadium security.
The SPD can play “secret agent man” downtown, buying drugs on Third and Pike and arresting the drug dealers. I expect that in the time it takes Russell Wilson and his crew to defeat an opponent, the SPD could make a dozen arrests and seriously decrease the crime in the downtown area.
This is what we pay them for, and they can dress up however they want if they just get the job done.
Melissa Hyatt, Seattle
August 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM
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 and prosecute the criminals the police arrest.
I do not understand how this man keeps his job.
Michael Rose, Seattle
August 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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 information at all?
As for the appeals, keeping a dedicated 90-day database of the 3,768 parking violations and a stolen-car database of the 426 stolen cars might be understandable. However, tracking and storing the daily movements of millions of innocent Seattle visitors and residents just because the police have the desire and the ability is unsettling.
Aside from the obvious Orwellian concerns, this trove of “secure” data is also a commercial gold mine, which could allow businesses, and others, to be able to identify not only who is parked in their lot, but when and how often.
Is this data being compiled and sold as a means of generating revenue? I don’t have any outstanding tickets, nor have I stolen anything. Why am I being tracked and stored in this database?
Ken Bedat, Olympia
May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM
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 violently, or damage public or private property.
If the “anarchists” believe so strongly in what they are doing, why are they hiding behind masks? Once they engaged in unlawful activities, they not only lost their rights; they also lost the chance to convey their messages to the public.
They are fortunate they even have the right to protest at all. If this was in almost any other country, they would be lucky to simply end up in jail, because in some countries, this would have been their last protest.
I think the most unfortunate part was that there were only 18 arrests, because I am sure there were more who should have been in jail last night. Congratulations to the Seattle Police Department because it got it right this year.
Ron Hopper, Carnation
May 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM
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 and immigrant activists like the ones in Seattle last night marched on May Days and countless other days for 150 years in order to end oppression and further the cause of human liberty.
A marginal dust-up orchestrated by the misplaced stupidity of a few creeps at the tail end of one protest rally won’t change the fact that the struggle for egalitarian democracy is just and ongoing.
Rhett Gambol, Seattle
Seattle was too passive
As this Boston native watched May Day anarchists trash Capitol Hill, I had one question, “What would Boston do?”
Over the past 10 years I have struggled with the passive approach of Seattle culture. Sometimes I am perceived as too intense, too “East Coast,” a tad harsh.
Last night as I watched a group of idiots, hiding their faces, smash windows and throw rocks [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2], I was shocked that as a community, no one was pushing back. I kept waiting for someone to come out of their store with a bat.
As I watched these uncoordinated idiots flip over trash cans and trip over their untied sneakers, I imagined what my son’s fourth-grade lacrosse team could do to the entire swarm. Where the hell is Seattle?
This isn’t a police issue, this is our issue. I can guarantee you if those clowns took that show on the road to Boston, it would be over quickly and they would never come back.
Ana Brown, Seattle
Seattle Police Department deserves round of applause
At last, after years of ineffectual leadership, being outthought, outmaneuvered and outflanked, the real Seattle Police Department showed up [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2].
Who can forget last year’s debacle of anarchist protesters running wild with impunity while the police were nowhere to be seen? This year was different. Police were out in force, and when things got ugly, they pounced. Using bicycles, pepper spray, stun grenades and tactical discipline, they effectively prevented property damage to the downtown core and pushed the protesters back to Capitol Hill from whence they came.
Give credit where credit is due. Salute the Seattle Police Department for a job well done!
Douglas Barnett, Seattle
April 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Seattle should stop paying Sgt. Rich O’Neill’s salary
No one should be receiving pay from two separate employers and the union president should be making a choice between serving the general population or serving his own personal constituency, the members of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild [“City wants to stop paying salary of police union head,” page one, April 24].
Sgt. Rich O’Neill is not providing any peace or safety benefit to the people of Seattle. That this working arrangement is in existence means that the city of Seattle cannot hire at least two more police officers, something that would be an important benefit to the peace and safety of Seattle.
During the 2008 contract negotiations, Seattle negotiators did not make a proper decision for the benefit of the people, as usual.
No man can serve two masters. Union members in most labor unions pay dues to the union to pay for union officers and union activities. The Seattle Police Department is not the proper paymaster for a full-time union member and, in my opinion, this nonsensical pay arrangement should be ended immediately.
John Marthens, Normandy Park
March 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Unification is necessary
My personal experience with Seattle police has been basically positive. Nevertheless, based on the local news and the Justice Department’s findings, many of us are convinced reforms are necessary to create better and more responsible police force. So let’s get on with it.
Let’s end the City Hall political infighting and the foot-dragging by the leadership in the Police Department and the officers’ union [“Attempt to resolve dispute stumbles,” NWThursday, March 7]. Let’s unite in working to make us all proud of our men and women in blue.
–Dick Johnson, Seattle
Merrick Bobb’s group costs
If, as quoted in The Times, Merrick Bobb, the overseer of Seattle Police Department, told a group of officers, “It seems like the city doesn’t know who’s on first base; they don’t know who is in charge,” then it is true now more than ever that Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Peter Holmes get a decision from a court, make peace, split the difference or something, or the citizens of Seattle maybe paying Bobb and his “nonprofit” group a lot more than the first-year fee estimated at $1 million.
It has taken his group a lot more years in other cities. Bobb told U.S. District Judge James Robart the list he presented was his list for a broad range of first-year goals (the key words here are “first year”).
Not only has this “nonprofit” group cost other cities millions of dollars and years of conflicts, I would remind my fellow citizens that according to all reports this is the same “nonprofit” that determined for the Department of Justice that SPD needs federal oversight. If the DOJ believes SPD in fact does need oversight, why can’t they do it?
Personally, I find Bobb’s “nonprofit” group to be self-serving and providing themselves with long-term job protection.
–Harriet Benjamin, Seattle
‘War’ is inappropriate, reform should be simple
Here we go with a “City Hall War.” Both City Attorney Peter Holmes and Mayor Mike McGinn are elected officials, representing all of us.
The appointment of Merrick Bobb at $200-plus an hour is a waste of the moneys we don’t have in this police squabble.
What ever happened to the old tradition of workplace ethics, as in when an employees screws up badly they are fired, whether they belong to a union, as do our police officers and many employees in other workplaces or trades?
If an officer behaves badly in whatever case, as in the recent spate of various accusations regarding overly forceful apprehensions in an incident, to racial slurs, etc., and is deemed guilty, he should be fired, period. Why should this be any different from other work trades, dealing with the public or not?
This is city politics behaving badly, haven’t we gotten enough of this in our federal politics?
–Leonard Larson, South Seattle
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