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November 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

$2.5 million claim filed against city of Seattle over crash involving Councilmember Clark

A $2.5 million claim has been filed against the city of Seattle, citing a collision more than two years ago in which a vehicle driven by Councilmember Sally Clark injured a bicyclist. The claim, brought by Steve Fairbanks, a former Lakewood, Pierce County, man who now lives in Oregon, represents the first step in a potential…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Sally Clark, Seattle City Council, traffic collision

November 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Seattle protesters block I-5; police use pepper spray

Update at 12:46 a.m: Group is on the move again, heading north on Fifth Avenue. Update at 12:40 a.m.: Protesters have left the old federal building and are standing in the middle of Fifth Avenue singing “We Shall Overcome.” Number has dwindled to about 50. Update at 12:30 a.m.: Protesters gathered outside the old federal building…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, grand jury, Officer-involved shooting

November 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Seattle preparing for Ferguson grand jury decision

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is likely to hold a news briefing this evening to discuss the announcement of the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, MO., according to sources briefed on the plan. Murray is planning to speak about 7 p.m., after officials in Missouri make their announcement at 6 p.m., the sources said. Protests are planned in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, grand jury, Mothers for Police Accountability

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

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