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December 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Seattle Police Department watchdog fields protest-related complaints

The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability has received three complaints in the past 24 hours in connection with recent street protests over police brutality and racial bias in the criminal justice system, an official said. Two of the complaints relate to use of force by police and one relates to rudeness/professionalism, the office’s civilian director, Piece Murphy, said Tuesday…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Office of Professional Accountability, protests, Seattle Police Department

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…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Office of Professional Accountability, Overtime pay, Seattle Police Department

June 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SPD officer under criminal investigation after force used on handcuffed woman

A Seattle police officer has been relieved of duty after a use-of-force incident involving a handcuffed woman, the department announced tonight. The officer, who works in the South Precinct, is the subject of a criminal investigation, police said. His gun and badge were taken away, a source familiar with the matter said. A police statement did not…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Force Investigation Team, Office of Professional Accountability, police brutality

July 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Seattle police officer could be in hot water for urinating on building

To pee, or not to pee? One Seattle police officer’s answer to that question could land him in, er, hot water. Seattle police say they have forwarded a surveillance video reportedly showing an officer urinating on the side of a building to the department’s Office of Professional Accountability and the officer’s commander. The video, posted on a blog Wednesday morning,…


| More in The Blotter | Topics: Office of Professional Accountability, Seattle Police Department, urinating in public

December 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Seattle police: 2 off-duty officers arrested after DUI collision

The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability has launched an investigation into two officers who were arrested early Monday morning for investigation of DUI and hit and run, police said. The off-duty officers, a man and a woman, were involved in a collision near the intersection of 1st Avenue South and South Lander Street that was reported just after…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: DUI, hit and run, Office of Professional Accountability

September 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Seattle police investigate officer’s ‘physical contact’ with suspect

A Seattle police officer is under internal investigation after he made “brief physical contact” with a man who allegedly punched the officer’s wife, who is a fellow officer, police said. A police account of the Tuesday night incident doesn’t describe the physical contact, but the K-9 officer has been placed on administrative reassignment while he is under investigation…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, Office of Professional Accountability, Seattle Police Department

August 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM

McGinn reappoints SPD internal-investigations chief

Kathryn Olson, the civilian director of the Seattle Police Department’s internal-investigations section, was reappointed by Mayor Mike McGinn to the job Tuesday, more than two years after her initial three-year term expired. Olson, who oversees the Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), now must be confirmed by the City Council, something that did not occur…


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April 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Seattle police officer arrested in domestic-violence complaint

An off-duty Seattle police officer was arrested by Everett Police on Sunday for investigation of misdemeanor domestic violence, according to a statement from Seattle Police spokesman Jeff Kappel released Tuesday night. The unidentified male officer has been “re-assigned to home” while the matter is investigated, Kappel wrote. He said Seattle police were informed of the arrest…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: domestic violence, Everett Police Department, Office of Professional Accountability

February 7, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Great weather … more on Powell family … Madonna coming here

Weather: Astonishingly beautiful. Dry and in the 50s today. After a week of dry weather, moisture returns tomorrow, but it will still be in the 50s. The details. Traffic: The latest. The top story today, the killing of the Powell family’s two little boys and Josh Powell’s suicide, somehow manages to get more grim. Windows…


Comments | Topics: Brad Pitt, Dow Constantine, Josh Powell