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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 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