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Officer says he thought Clemmons was pulling gun

SEATTLE – A Seattle police officer testified Monday that he armed himself when he recognized the man who fatally shot four officers at a Lakewood coffee shop because he believed the man would fire upon any law enforcement coming to arrest him. Before a six-person inquest jury, Officer Benjamin L. Kelly described the events that occurred in less than one minute during the early morning hours of Dec. 1, starting with checking a stolen car in southern Seattle and ending with the capture of Maurice Clemmons.

Chief keeps eye on Seattle job

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told the Seattle Times that she is closely monitoring the search for a new Seattle chief but avoided saying if she plans to apply for the open job. Last year Kirkpatrick applied for the top job in San Francisco’s police department but downplayed the action and argued that as a woman leading a large department, she’s often recruited.

Spokane police chief applied for new job

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Wednesday downplayed suggestions that she is actively pursuing work outside Spokane, but she acknowledged applying for the top cop job in San Francisco and being recruited for many others. In an e-mail sent to her full department and other city leaders, Kirkpatrick said that she’s open to other job opportunities as they come her way, but that she is not actively pursuing them and does not consider herself “looking” for a new position.

New drug czar to focus on treatment, borders

WASHINGTON – The White House on Wednesday said that it will push for treatment, rather than incarceration, of people arrested for drug-related crimes as it announced the nomination of Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to oversee the nation’s effort to control illegal drugs. The choice of drug czar and the emphasis on alternative drug courts, announced by Vice President Joe Biden, signal a sharp departure from Bush administration policies, gravitating away from cutting the supply of illicit drugs from foreign countries and toward curbing drug use in communities across the United States.

Seattle police chief named as U.S. drug czar

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske to be the nation’s drug czar and lead a stepped-up campaign against substance abuse, Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday.