I perused with interest the report on Danny Westneat’s car prowl [“Police allow car break-ins to become a Seattle growth industry,” Local News, Oct. 31]. It was well done to take an unpleasant incident, and turn it into an informative piece. On Tuesday, I read that the new police chief has ordered an internal…More
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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…More
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 itsMore
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
We, of course, know that some cops misbehave. They are supposed to be human after all. But I’m strongly inclined to believe that they are being treated unfairly [“Seattle cops sue over DOJ reforms,” Local News, May 28]. I can’t think of a tougher job, one that I know I couldn’t do. Walk a…More
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 theMore
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…More