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November 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Charging decision near for SPD cop who punched handcuffed woman

After more than five weeks of review, the King County Prosecutor’s Office says it is nearing a decision whether to file a felony assault charge against a Seattle police officer who punched a handcuffed woman and fractured her face during a domestic-violence call. As part of the review, prosecutors recently provided the case file…

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Comments | Topics: City Attorney's Office, King County Prosecutor's Office, police brutality

November 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

SPD officers to appeal dismissal of use-of-force suit

In court papers filed Friday, 89 Seattle police officers said they intend to appeal the dismissal of their federal lawsuit seeking to block new use-of-force polices. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman threw out the suit last month, ruling that the policies designed to address excessive force in the Seattle Police Department reasonably balance the need for…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, use-of-force lawsuit

November 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

City resolves case of retired SPD officer accused of impersonating cop

A retired Seattle police officer charged with criminal impersonation for working at a construction site with lapsed credentials agreed Tuesday to perform 150 hours of community service and pay $50 in restitution to a woman who complained he angrily grabbed and pulled her while crossing the street. In a resolution approved in Seattle Municipal Court, Judge…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: criminal impersonation, Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle Police Department

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

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