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Seattle could outlaw some police interrogation tricks

We’ve seen it in the movies: a cop tells a suspect they already have the evidence they need, so the person might as well fess…

Murray calls Jeff Sessions’ threats ‘empty’

Twenty-four hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to unravel federal agreements addressing police reform efforts nationwide, Mayor Ed Murray promised Tuesday to fight in…

Washington’s legal pot experiment: Can it survive Trump?

In July of 2010, John Novak was weeding a flower bed in front of his house when everything went to pot. A joint task force…

Divided, police reform advocates push dueling initiatives

After an initiative to change Washington’s law on prosecuting police officers for the use of deadly force fell short of the 250,000 signatures it needed…

Seattle attorney faces his life as ‘the devil’s defender’

At 6-foot-6, John Henry Browne towers over everyone in his plush Pioneer-Square office. His neat suit hides the barbed-wire tattoo inked on his right forearm, and…

A ‘trade secret’: SPD’s record-keeping system?

When the Austin Police Department released its drunk driving statistics for 2015, they showed a stunning 23 percent drop in alcohol-related crashes. Everyone cheered, especially…

Pressure rises to ban assault rifles in Washington

Spurred by recent mass shootings and the Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn an assault weapons ban in Connecticut, a leading gun control organization, Washington CeaseFire,…

He stole $200K and leapt from a plane. Where is D. B. Cooper?

One way to kill a mystery is to stop trying to solve it. If we stopped looking for Bigfoot, the Northwest wilds would lose some…

Missing dash-cam video raises questions about police oversight

More than two years after the Seattle Police Department learned that its in-car video cameras were frequently dropping frames, at times leaving gaps of more…

Following spike in shootings, questions about city strategy

On the evening of Sunday, May 15, a man called the police to say he’d heard fifteen cracks outside his Central District home. A small…

Peaceful May Day march overshadowed by ‘black bloc’ protests

The once-a-year celebration of May Day in Seattle has for years now been two days in one — the permitted march for human and labor…

Washington: the “Wild West” for surveillance drones

Last year, the FBI flew a fleet of small airplanes over Seattle and other cities. They were equipped with cameras capable of snapping thousands of…

Thousands of untested rape kits in Washington — and a possible solution

When a sexual assault takes place, using a "rape kit"  — materials to collect physical evidence — is the key to gathering DNA and bringing…

Seattle’s latest police shooting: 3 dynamics shaping the fallout

The crowd-sourced verdicts on whether police misconduct caused the deaths of Eric Garner, Walter Scott or Sandra Bland – all subject to harsh or deadly interactions…

Best of 2015: Massage parlors, happy endings & the burgeoning Eastside brothel scene

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

CIA breaks into University of Washington to steal war crime evidence: a potential play-by-play

The following is based on a real crime, as reported by the Seattle Times on October 21. The details presented below regarding the break-in at the…

Who will pay to clean up massive T-Mobile hack?

It seemed like old times, only worse. Once again, there was a corporate data breach. Once again, the personal information of unwitting consumers was siphoned…

Weed is legal in Washington – but a felony for minors?

A dime bag of pot won't earn anyone a felony conviction in Washington. Changes to state marijuana laws this past session didn't alter that fact. So why did the enforcement…

Reforming Ferguson-style “debtors’ prisons” here in Washington State

The most shocking news out of Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t about police violence or racism. It was the way Ferguson…