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October 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Judge dismisses suit by SPD officers on use-of-force reforms

Sweeping away all claims, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 100 Seattle police officers seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “It does not shock the conscience to see certain de-escalation procedures imposed on police officers in an effort by their Department to avoid a pattern or practice of excessive use of force,”…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court, use of force

October 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Report: SPD officer caused ‘unnecessary’ injury to suspect

A  Seattle police officer caused “unnecessary and forseeable injury” when he punched a handcuffed woman during a June incident, according a police training expert’s opinion submitted to prosecutors. The opinion about the conduct of Officer Adley Shepherd was reached by Robert Bragg Jr. of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Washington State…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol

October 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Judge has pointed questions in SPD officers’ use-of-force lawsuit

A federal judge on Thursday fired a barrage of skeptical questions at an attorney representing dozens of  Seattle police officers who filed suit seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “Ignored or not agreed with?” U.S. District  Judge Marsha Pechman pointedly asked the attorney, Athan Tramountanas, when he asserted the officers’ concerns about the policies had been ignored…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: lawsuit, Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court

September 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Watchdog: SPD wasted more than $1M in excessive overtime

Seattle police wasted more than $1 million in overtime last year because of lax management controls relating to training, the department’s internal watchdog reported Tuesday. A significant portion of the overtime was linked to compliance with a 2012 federal consent decree to curb excessive force and biased policing, even though no training plan related to the…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Office of Professional Accountability, Overtime pay, Seattle Police Department

September 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Wrongfully convicted Seattle man awarded nearly $500,000

A Seattle man who spent 10 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of robbery and burglary was awarded $496,712 during a hearing Friday morning in King County Superior Court. “My plan is to just take it one step at a time,” said Brandon Olebar, the first person freed through the work of the Innocence Project…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Innocence Project Northwest, King County Superior Court, wrongful conviction

September 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Seattle judge dismisses 100 tickets for public pot use

A Seattle Municipal Court judge has dismissed 100 tickets for public use of marijuana, many written by a police officer described as having a political agenda. Judge Fred Bonner signed the orders Wednesday at the request of the City Attorney’s Office, which on Tuesday filed 22 motions to dismiss for those who had paid the $27…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle Police Department

September 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Seattle city attorney will seek dismissal of 100 pot citations

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes told the City Council on Monday morning that he will seek dismissal of 100 tickets for public marijuana use after a single police officer was found to have written the vast majority of the citations as part of a political agenda. Bicycle Officer Randy Jokela issued about 80 percent of…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: marijuana, Seattle City Council

September 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Documents confirm SPD officer punched handcuffed woman

The Washington State Patrol served a search warrant last month for records related to possible injuries suffered by a Seattle police officer who is under criminal investigation over  punching a handcuffed woman, according to newly filed court documents. The officer, Adley E. Shepherd, was relieved of duty in June after patrol-car video raised questions…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: search warrant, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol

September 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Chief O’Toole to seek dismissal of pot tickets written by single officer

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked city attorneys to seek the dismissal of  all of the citations issued by a bicycle officer who wrote 80 percent of the tickets during the first half of this year for using marijuana in public. The request to the City Attorney’s Office is based on a conclusion the 66 citations…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, marijuana tickets, Seattle Police Department

September 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Seattle to pay $45,000 in Taser use on pregnant woman

Resolving a long-running legal battle, the city of Seattle has agreed to pay $45,000 to a woman who was seven months pregnant when three Seattle police officers shot her with a Taser during a 2004 traffic stop. The case involving Malaika Brooks raised questions about Seattle police tactics, years before federal scrutiny led to a landmark…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: lawsuit, Seattle City Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department

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