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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

August 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

City, federal monitor move to dismiss suit by SPD officers

Attorneys for the city of Seattle asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit in which more than 100 Seattle police officers are seeking to block new use-of-force policies stemming from federally mandated reforms. Shortly after, attorneys for  the federal monitor overseeing the reforms also filed a motion to dismiss, calling the officers’ claims “legally…

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

August 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Kent police seek public’s help in finding vulnerable woman

The Kent Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a vulnerable 38-year-old mentally delayed female, Emilie Lorraine Zangara. She was last seen Saturday evening, Aug. 9. Her roommate, who is also developmentally disabled, reported that Zangara left their apartment located in the 10800 block of SE 240th Street on foot, police said….

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Kent Police Department, missing person, public help

August 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Teen arrested on suspicion of crawling into Seattle woman’s bed

A 17-year-old youth has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a north Beacon Hill home last month and crawling into a woman’s bed as she slept, Seattle police said Thursday. On July 29, the victim reported to police that she was asleep in bed, naked, when she woke and realized someone was lying next to…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Beacon Hill, Seattle Police Department. burglary

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