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August 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Getting a police officer to City Council chambers — not easy

When a woman upset about a land-use decision approached the Seattle City Council wielding a brick during a meeting July 2, council staffer Laura Lockard called 911 to ask police to come help the building’s security team.

The woman was wearing a long white wedding dress and trying to make a point about plans to redevelop Yesler Terrace public housing on the southern end of First Hill. Police didn’t make it to City Hall until after the disturbance was over, in part because the 911 dispatcher did not seem to know where City Hall was located — across the street from the Seattle Police Department.

“We have a disturbance in the City Council chambers,” said Lockard, in a tape released to The Seattle Times. She gave the address: 600 4th Avenue.

Dispatcher: “So you said, 600- 1st Avenue? Or 4th?”

Lockard: “It’s City Hall.”

Dispatcher: “Right, the address that I see for that is 601- 5th Avenue, but you gave a different address…”

Lockard, growing exasperated: “That’s the same building ma’am.”

Then she asks the woman to hurry, and points out that there are uniformed officers at the Police Department across the street.

The dispatcher says: “OK, and you said there’s a female inside of whose chambers?”

Finally, she dispatches officers to the “City Hall chambers.”

 

 

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