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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 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Police in-car-video records: City Attorney’s Office in the way

The Seattle Times got the principle right:  but the color is wrong.  It’s not the “blue wall” but rather the “L” wall:  the law department [Seattle police’s blue wall — hiding videos from open-records law," Opinion, June 22]. Officers do not have control over whether these videos are released or not. City Attorney Pete…

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Comments | More in Law enforcement | Topics: City Attorney Pete Holmes, law enforcement, Mitzi Simmons

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 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

February 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Police chief misconduct reversal: Require training for all officers

Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey concludes [“SPD officer’s misconduct finding to be reinstated,” The Today File, Feb. 24] that Officer John Marion requires training to understand: • The difference between private or public property. • That taking photographs in a public place is legal. • In the United States, the press has the right to…

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Comments | Topics: Harry Bailey, Mike Nakamura, Officer John Marion

September 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Seattle cops go undercover at Seahawks game

Violence is unacceptable I am writing in regard to the Seattle Police Department’s decision to send undercover officers dressed as 49er fans to CenturyLink Field. [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.] If you and I board a city bus, and I decide for my own reasons to approach you aggressively and threaten you with…

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