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Judge asks for more detail on clearing Seattle police

A federal judge wants more information about the Seattle Police Department’s finding that the fatal shooting of a woman in June was reasonable before he decides whether the city is complying with court-ordered mandates to address a history of excessive force and biased policing.

Seattle police release statements from officers who killed woman

Seattle Police Officer Jason Anderson told investigators that Charleena Lyles suddenly pulled a knife out of her pocket and was “coming right at my stomach” during a burglary call last Sunday that led to the fatal shooting of the woman in her apartment, according to statements from the officers involved.

Spokane police chief, in wake of Seattle shooting, says outreach to minorities is ‘nonstop effort’

The fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in the vicinity of her children by Seattle police on Sunday, along with last week’s acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man, has reignited nationwide criticism of police violence. Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl said he didn’t want to comment or speculate on shootings by officers in other cities, especially while the investigation in Seattle is ongoing.

Review of Seattle police shows promise of reform

Federally mandated changes in the Seattle Police Department led to a stunning drop in how often officers use serious force, with no rise in crime or officer injuries, according to a review released Thursday.

Police: Officer shoots man near homeless camp cleanup

A Seattle police officer shot and critically wounded a man involved in a knife fight Tuesday as officials were working to clean out a homeless encampment known as the Jungle, authorities said.

Seattle police union board votes to remove outgoing president now

The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild board of directors has voted to remove outgoing president Ron Smith before his resignation takes effect at the end of the month. Smith announced his departure Tuesday amid backlash from a Facebook post, saying the resignation is effective July 31.

Anti-capitalists clash with Seattle police on May Day

SEATTLE – Seattle Police say officers reported being struck by sticks and batons by some anti-capitalist demonstrators at a May Day protest Sunday in Seattle. Dozens of black-clad people gathered at Westlake Park in downtown following a peaceful, permitted march earlier in the day by advocates for workers and immigrants.

Spokane police give out few marijuana citations

Riverfront Park might be the worst place to get high in Spokane. Data from Spokane Municipal Court shows marijuana users are far more likely to be fined for consuming pot in public by a park security guard than by a Spokane police officer, though they’re unlikely to get a ticket at all.

Police use-of-force cases shielded by strict Washington law

Killings by police in the line of duty have surged in Washington over the past decade, according to a Seattle Times analysis. During that period, only one police officer has been criminally charged in state courts with the illegal use of deadly force on the job.

Bills suggest raising child porn fines for offenders

OLYMPIA – In an effort to fight rapidly growing cases of child pornography in Washington, legislators are considering raising the fines when offenders are found with those images. Washington has nearly 17,000 cases of child pornography possession each year, with more than half directly linked to rape and abuse, law enforcement officials said. A pair of bills would charge offenders $1,000 for each image found in their possession.