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February 17, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Hispanic group calls for federal probe of Pasco police shooting

The Associated Press PASCO — The leader of a Hispanic group in Pasco is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate last week’s fatal police shooting of an orchard worker accused of throwing rocks at officers. Consejo Latino Chairman Felix Vargas says he supports law enforcement in general, but he believes there’s a conflict of interest in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Officer-involved shooting, Pasco, U.S. Justice Department

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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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Ian Birk, John T. Williams, Seattle Police