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October 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Columbus Day protesters march in downtown Seattle

About 200 people, many of them Native Americans denouncing the annual Columbus Day holiday, marched down Fourth Avenue this afternoon from Westlake Park to a spot near Seattle Center. They are gathering at the site where a totem pole was raised in February in memory of John T. Williams, a Native American artist who was…

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March 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

McGinn announces major reforms for Seattle police

Mayor Mike McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz today announced a sweeping package of reforms in response to a scathing federal report on the Seattle Police Department following a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities. The 20 proposed reforms are aimed at “supporting a just and effective police force,” said McGinn during a news conference at…

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February 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM

10 protesters against police arrested at Seattle City Hall

Protesters hang a banner off the 7th-floor balcony of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's office. (Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times) About 10 protesterscalling for the resignation of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz were arrested outside Mayor Mike McGinn’s office at City Hall on Monday. The protesters linked arms and refused to leave when police…

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February 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Protesters occupy City Hall to protest Seattle police chief

About 40 protesters calling for the resignation of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz occupied City Hall outside of the Mayor’s Office Monday. The protesters, who said they were part of the Occupy Seattle movement,  voted earlier in the afternoon to remain at City Hall until Diaz steps down as chief. The protesters first interrupted a regularly scheduled…

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January 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Former SPD officer Ian Birk will not face charges in shooting of woodcarver

Ian Birk Federal prosecutors will not charge former Seattle police Officer Ian Birk in the shooting death of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams. Sources have confirmed that a grand jury reviewing the Aug. 30, 2010, shooting determined it could not charge the officer in the death. The Department of Justice last April announced it…

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November 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Justice Department rebukes SPD over protection policy

— From Times staff reporters Mike Carter and Steve Miletich: In a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn, the U.S. Justice Department is sharply criticizing the Seattle Police Department’s policy of offering blanket protection from criminal prosecution to officers who provide statements on their use of force. The practice “may result in the exclusion of important evidence…

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