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Shawn Vestal: Seattle Police Department lawsuit justifies reason for DOJ reforms

The Department of Justice went to Seattle and examined the police department. It determined that the department had a pattern of using excessive force and biased tactics. It imposed a series of reforms, through a court-ordered agreement in 2012 with the city leadership, that limited and more clearly defined when officers could use physical force. It established more specific limits on when a cop can hit someone with a club or shoot them. The reformed policy says when officers use physical force, it must be because the circumstances are objectively threatening and the level of the force should be proportionate to the threat.

Police in Packers gear keep eye on Seahawks fans

SEATTLE — Some undercover Seattle police will be wearing Green Bay gear to help them identify Seahawks fans who are hostile to Packers supporters at the Thursday night game.

Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

SEATTLE — Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing.

No bail required for suspect in child sex case

A 53-year-old Spokane machine shop owner who investigators say had a 10-month email exchange soliciting sex with an undercover Seattle detective posing as a 15-year-old prostitute was released from jail without having to post bail Thursday. The release of Patrick Rice followed a recommendation by a court employee who said he had “verified ties to the area” and had a lack of criminal history, according to court documents. Rice is accused of commercial sexual abuse of a minor and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, both felonies.

Seattle police acknowledge violating records act

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department acknowledged it broke public records laws when it withheld from The Seattle Times an internal memo about its response to riotous May Day demonstrations in 2012.

Man firing into crowd shot by Seattle police

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say detectives shot and injured a 22-year-old man who fired into a crowd outside a nightclub early Sunday and later pointed the gun at officers.

Family: Man shot by Seattle police had dementia

A 77-year-old man who was shot to death by Seattle police suffered from dementia, his family said Monday. Henry Lee Sr. had the disorder and other diseases, his son, Henry Lee Jr. told The Seattle Times.

Police testing body cameras

If city leaders want body cameras to become a standard part of the Spokane Police Department uniform, they’ll have to first work through what the city’s top cop says could be the key hindrance: Spokane police officers. The Spokane Police Guild is using the city’s proposal as a key bargaining chip in their latest contract negotiations, which recently began, Interim Chief Scott Stephens told the city’s Public Safety Committee this week.

Seattle police object to DOJ proposal

The Seattle Police Department is objecting to reforms proposed by the Justice Department as wildly unrealistic and expensive, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.