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February 19, 2015 at 6:01 PM

State to pay $2.5 million to man shot 16 times by police

The state Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $2.5 million to Dustin Theoharis, who survived being shot 16 times by a corrections officer and a King County sheriff’s deputy in 2012. The settlement comes less than two weeks after U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ruled that Theoharis’ excessive-force claim contained in a lawsuit should be heard…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: King County Sheriff's Office, Officer-involved shooting, shooting

February 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM

SPD opens bids for computer system to track use of force

In a major step toward meeting federally mandated reforms, the Seattle Police Department on Thursday announced it has opened outside bidding on the development of a sophisticated computer system to track use of force, biased policing and other vital information. Building the so-called “Data Analytics Platform” has been considered a linchpin of the 2 ½-year-old…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: computer data, consent decree, Seattle Police Department

February 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Prosecutors: No new evidence to charge cops who shot man 16 times

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has determined there is no new information to support criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy and a state community corrections officer whose account of an incident in which they shot an unarmed man 16 times was called into question in a civil lawsuit. Reacting to a judge’s recent ruling that…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: federal lawsuit, King County Prosecutor's Office, shooting

February 6, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Second SPD officer put on paid leave over social-media posts

For the second time in a week, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has placed an officer on paid leave in response to what she described as social-media posts that have been “called into question.” O’Toole announced her action in a department-wide email Friday night. The matter has been referred to the department’s Office of Professional Accountability, which…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: paid leave, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, social media

February 5, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Seattle cop involved in golf-club arrest put on home leave

A Seattle police officer placed on desk duty last week while she is investigated for her arrest of a 70-year-old man carrying a golf club and a racially charged post on Facebook has been put on paid home leave amid new allegations. “Given the totality of the circumstances, I thought it was best,” said Police Chief…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: golf-club arrest, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch

January 30, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Allegation of marijuana theft surfaces against SPD officer at center of golf-club case

A day after placing a Seattle police officer on desk duty, the Police Department is reviewing a new allegation that the officer previously stole marijuana for her personal use from evidence, a department official said Friday. The allegation surfaced Friday in The Stranger newspaper, which quoted a woman purporting to be the ex-girlfriend of Officer Cynthia…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Corinne Purucker, Cynthia Whitlatch, marijuana

January 29, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Officer involved in golf-club arrest removed from street duty

Update at 4:29 p.m.: Mayor Ed Murray today issued the following statement on the conduct by the Seattle police officer who arrested the man with the golf club and purportedly made racially-charged comments on Facebook: ” I am very disappointed by these incident(s). They are both concerning to me. “While I support the Chief’s decision yesterday to call for…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, questionable arrest, Seattle Police Department

January 26, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Seattle city leaders urge state legislators to abolish death penalty

Calling capital punishment costly and ineffective,  Mayor Ed Murray, all nine Seattle City Council members and City Attorney Pete Holmes have signed a letter urging the Seattle delegation to the state Legislature to pursue “safe and just alternatives” to the death penalty. “There is no credible evidence showing that the death penalty deters homicide or makes…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: capital punishment, Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council

January 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Public’s help sought in Belltown shooting

Seattle police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who shot a 21-year-old man in Belltown early Monday. Witnesses told officers they saw three people arguing shortly before 2 a.m. and heard a couple of gunshots. The man who was shot flagged a cab and fled the area. Officers who responded to the area found…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Belltown, Seattle Police Department, shooting

January 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Anti-police brutality protesters disrupt Seattle City Council meeting

The Seattle City Council temporarily suspended its weekly briefing Monday morning after people upset with the Seattle Police Department’s handling of recent anti-police brutality demonstrations began shouting and singing. Several council members left the council chambers after audience members broke up a presentation by representatives from the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Many people who had shared concerns…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, protesters, Seattle City Council

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