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November 21, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Suspected DUI driver dies after hitting Bremerton church

Associated Press Police in Bremerton say a suspected drunken driver fleeing from an officer died early today in a crash in Bremerton. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle about 2 a.m. Friday but it sped off. The chase only lasted about a minute, police said. The fleeing car hit a building at a “T” intersection, and the…

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November 11, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Officer’s body camera was off during shooting in Spokane

The Spokesman-Review A Spokane police officer involved in the shooting of a domestic violence suspect last weekend was wearing a body camera but did not have it turned on, according to an initial investigation. Spokane police Chief Frank Straub announced at a public forum on Oct. 31 that the 17 officers wearing body cameras as part of…

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November 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Oregon ACLU encourages witnesses to video police

UPDATED, 1 p.m. with more details PORTLAND — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is distributing a smartphone app that lets people record videos of arrests and submit them for a civil-rights review. Videos of police encounters and arrests in public places are a check on abuses, said David Fidanque, the executive director of the ACLU’s…

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October 31, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Spokane police to leave body cameras on for most interactions

SPOKANE — As Spokane police continue to test body cameras they’ll have less choice about when they can stop recording. Chief Frank Straub told a community forum Thursday night at Gonzaga University that officers will have to record nearly every contact with the public and can’t stop even if requested by someone in their home. Straub says…

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September 30, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Portland jury awards $562,000 to man beaten, shocked by police

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A jury in Portland has awarded more than $562,000 to a man who said in his lawsuit that city police beat and used a stun gun on him without provocation after stopping him for investigation of drunken driving. The Oregonian reports that jurors deliberated about 4 ½ hours before returning their…

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September 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM

3 semi-trucks stolen from Auburn warehouse lot

Auburn police say the theft of three semi-trucks on Saturday was an “orchestrated” crime. The semi-trucks were stolen from a warehouse parking lot in the 3900 block of I Street Northwest. According to police Cmdr. Mike Hirman, video surveillance captured an image of a white van pulling into the lot where the semi-trucks were parked on Saturday….

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September 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Man accused of shooting Duvall officer charged with assault

A 47-year-old man accused of shooting a Duvall police officer in the leg was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree assault. Joshua Kramer, 47, allegedly wounded the officer and opened fire on a King County sheriff’s deputy Monday night after police responded to several reports about someone in a dark car firing paint balls at people and homes,…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Local Sasquatch hunters, and other stuff you might have missed this week

The weirdest stories on seattletimes.com this week ran the gamut from mythical creatures up for debate to actual creatures out for a stroll. It was also a week of extremes: record heat, record rainfall (thanks, nature!), and what are likely some of the highest Web traffic numbers a year-old Times story has ever gotten (thanks, Facebook!). Read…

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July 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Man shot outside South Lake Union bar

A man was shot twice early Saturday morning outside a Seattle bar in the 700 block of Westlake Avenue North. According to police, the shooting was reported after a fight outside the same bar around 2 a.m. Witnesses were not sure where the gunshots came from, but some described a car of people leaving the area, police said. Later…

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June 20, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Diversity training for Portland mayor and top police

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The city of Portland is sending about 16 white male managers to a three-day seminar called “White Men as Full Diversity Partners.” Most are top-level leaders from the police bureau, including Chief Mike Reese. Mayor Charlie Hales also plans to attend. Hales told KATU the $56,000 spent on the diversity training seminar is worth…

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