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Category: Government
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 4:44 PM

King County Housing Authority buried in Section 8 applications

During a two-week period ending Feb. 10, more than 22,600 households applied for just 2,500 spots on the King County Housing Authority‘s waiting list for Section 8 rental assistance, the agency said this week. It will hold a lottery in March to determine which applicants will make the list, and those at the end of the list may…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, Section 8

February 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Bill to abolish death penalty doesn’t pass out of committee

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state isn’t moving forward in the Legislature this year. House Bill 1739, which received a public hearing this week, was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, but it was not brought up for a vote on the last day…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: death penalty, Legislature

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 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Kirkland council OKs measure to curb plastic-bag use

The Kirkland City Council approved a plastic-bag reduction law this week that will be effective next year on March 1. The city will join Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Bellingham in instituting similar plastic-bag reduction policies. Kirkland’s new ordinance will require large retailers to stop using single-use plastic bags and to charge customers five cents for…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: Kirkland, plastic bags

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 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Jesús Aguirre is Seattle mayor’s nominee for new Parks Department superintendent

Jesús Aguirre is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s choice to become superintendent of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the mayor announced Wednesday. Aguirre was director of Washington, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation for nearly four years, until October 2013, when he was named D.C.’s state superintendent of education. Before overseeing D.C.’s parks, Aguirre was…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Jesus Aguirre, Seattle Parks Department

February 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM

County Council approves new youth jail in Seattle

Update at 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan King Council Council voted Monday to approve a contract for the development of a new youth jail and courthouse in Seattle, council spokesman Al Sanders said. The vote was 7 to 0. It was taken after several hours of comments from people opposed to the project. “They took the vote while they were being shouted…

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Comments | Topics: Children and Families Justice Center, incarceration, jail

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

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