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December 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Extreme makeover: Seattle police edition

Seattle police are ditching their two-tone blue uniforms and replacing them with solid navy blue slacks and shirts. The monochromatic move, long discussed by the rank-and-file, has been pushed by Chief Kathleen O’Toole, said Seattle Police Officers’ Guild President Ron Smith. “They’ll be LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) blue with a new shoulder patch,” said Smith, describing…

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August 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

SPD officer who wrote 80 percent of pot tickets returns to patrol

A Seattle police bicycle officer who was reassigned after it was learned he had written 80 percent of the tickets for using marijuana in public this year has returned to his regular assignment, Seattle police said Monday afternoon. However, police continue to investigate the conduct of Officer Randy Jokela, who in some marijuana citations referred to City Attorney Pete…

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May 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

SPD officers file federal suit challenging use-of-force policies

More than 100 Seattle police officers filed a federal lawsuit today, alleging that new use-of-force policies imposed under a consent decree with the Department of Justice (DOJ) unreasonably restrict their right to protect themselves and others from apparent harm and danger. The lawsuit claims the the use-of-force policies “unreasonably restrict and burden their right to protect…

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September 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Seattle Police Officers’ Guild endorses Murray for mayor

The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) announced Thursday it is endorsing Sen. Ed Murray for mayor, snubbing Mayor Mike McGinn, who appeared to represent the interests of the rank and file when he fought the Department of Justice over the extent of police reform. Guild President Sgt. Rich O’Neill said in a written statement, “Many view Seattle…

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May 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Judge blocks release of video in SPD assault case

A King County judge today granted a request to block the release of patrol-car video considered to be key evidence in an assault case brought against a Seattle police officer. Superior  Court Judge Julie Spector issued her ruling after listening this morning to arguments by the officer’s attorney and a King County prosecutor on whether an injunction,…

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April 30, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Police officers’ union reaches tentative agreement with Seattle

The Seattle police officers’ union has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with the city, the union head announced this afternoon. Sgt. Rich O’Neill, 54, who has been president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) since 2006, made the announcement during an invitation-only news conference at union headquarters. The guild represents about 1,250…

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