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October 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Hanauer rages at Constantine over police militarization

In early August, Seattle venture capitalist and big-time Democratic political donor Nick Hanauer was driving near his home in Shoreline and came across a scary sight: SWAT officers with full body armor, military-style weapons and an armored vehicle surrounding a house.

Hanauer was angry at the display of force and texted King County Executive Dow Constantine to demand answers.

Over the next several days — as national controversy erupted over the militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Mo. — Hanauer texted back and forth with Constantine, at one point threatening to politically shame King County Sheriff John Urquhart over the police-militarization issue.

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October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

King County Sheriff endorses Ed Murray

King County Sheriff John Urquhart today endorsed State Sen. Ed Murray for Seattle Mayor, saying Murray will address Seattle’s public safety issues. “We need an effective mayor who will act to address the very real public safety challenges Seattle faces, and I believe Ed Murray will be that mayor,” Urquhart said in a statement released by…

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