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December 13, 2013 at 6:31 AM
As concierge at the Seaboard Building in Westlake Park, Joseph Crudo has a front-row seat to daily scrum in Seattle’s retail core.
In July, that front row seat got him a broken arm and nose and a concussion. Crudo got beat up after trying to warn a man that he was being pickpocketed. The case made headlines in The Seattle Times and elsewhere because a 13-year-old was arrested after being seen kicking Crudo in the head.
The incident also made headlines because it confirmed a perception that downtown was going seedy. Fast forward five months, and Crudo sees a changed landscape.
“In all honesty, things have really cleared up,” said Crudo, a 26-year-old Seattle University student.
November 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM
If Seattle police really want to restore public trust, Pierce Murphy is a good guy to help them get there.
Murphy, the new director of the Office of Professional Accountability, is acting swiftly to assert his division’s independence from the Seattle Police Department. His office investigates complaints about police misconduct.
The former community ombudsman for Boise relocated just four months ago. Already, he has moved OPA’s operations outside of SPD headquarters and created a more welcome environment for visitors, according to this Seattle Times news story by Mike Carter and Steve Miletich. He also plans to hold regular public office hours and separate his division’s website from the police department’s.
During a meeting this week with the editorial board, Murphy said he wants to strengthen the division’s independence in order to provide better oversight, improve accessibility for citizens and promote transparency in the process. All good things considering the department is under federal supervision because of its past use of excessive force.
Fortunately for Seattle, he’s not all talk. (more…)
March 9, 2013 at 6:20 AM
Jonah Spangethal-Lee, the Seattle Police Department’s blogger-in-residence, is being honored at Saturday’s Washington Coalition for Open Government convention for his witty pursuit of government transparency.
A former crime journalist, Spangenthal-Lee energized the SPD blog with posts such as “Marijwhatnow,” the Seattle Police’s guide to now-legal marijuana. The Coalition is applauding his approach, which he summed up this way:
“If there’s information we can give to anyone, we should give it to everyone.”
The Coalition is a non-partisan advocate for open government and a bulwark against continual efforts to erode our state’s open records laws. They deserve your support. Saturday’s convention includes a keynote address by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, war stories from journalists, including Seattle Times investigative editor Jim Neff, and how-to tips by government open records officers.
There’s a few other links to some of Jonah’s work: