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Legislature may let police face shooting charges

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. That’s what happened this week, when a proposal to reform laws protecting police from prosecution for using…

On Che Taylor shooting, jury delivers mixed bag

After a two-week inquest into the death of Che Taylor at the hands of Seattle police officers, the majority of the eight-member jury agreed that…

Che Taylor inquest: A search for closure

The inquest into the police shooting of Che Taylor, killed in the passenger doorway of a white Ford Taurus near Lake City Way last February,…

Take my gun: Bill aims to stop suicides

State lawmakers are looking at a bill to let Washingtonians experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts voluntarily block themselves from buying a gun — and get…

King County to host legal consumption sites for addicts

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are officially endorsing a tactic for curbing opiate use that’s so uncharted in this country…

Sawant moves to curb federal surveillance

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant promised Tuesday to propose legislation that would require all federal agencies to obtain council approval before installing surveillance equipment. The ordinance,…

The speech that led to the bloodshed at UW

As provocative Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos entertained a crowd in a University of Washington lecture hall Friday night, protesters and supporters clashed outside. In the melee,…

Best of 2016: The hard fall of Seattle’s first Somali police officer

His name was up in lights: Mohamed Said, Seattle’s first Somali police officer. There he is in photos, arm in arm with Police Chief Kathleen…

Police reform in 2016: A look back at Seattle’s efforts

When Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole sat with Michelle Obama at President Obama’s final State of the Union address last January, she set a bar for…

Best of 2016: Washington’s lead poisoning problem, explained

The city of Flint, Michigan is in the midst of a major public health crisis, following the discovery of widespread lead poisoning in children. Given…

Homeless crisis 2016: How the city responded and what it plans next

As Mayor Ed Murray will often remind the public, Seattle is not unique among West Coast cities when it comes to homelessness. While the country…

State is warehousing mentally ill in solitary confinement

After being arrested for stealing money from his grandmother, Burien resident Mark Allan* spent nearly four consecutive months in solitary confinement at Seattle’s King County…

Will Seattle’s drug policy experiments survive Trump?

For all the angst about the future of legal pot under President Donald Trump, there are, at least, business and public opinion arguments for the…

Search for Pacific Crest Trail hiker takes on new urgency

Despite extensive air and ground searches, a hiker who had completed most of the 2,659 mile Pacific Crest Trail remains missing as winter weather increasingly…

‘Overly polite’ 911 call center could cost lives

When cries of slow police response were at their loudest in early 2016, the blame fell largely on the understaffed patrols of the Seattle Police…

Data sharing between Seattle police and feds receives new scrutiny after election

As the Seattle Police Department looks to begin rolling out body cameras on officers by the end of this year, a persistent question among skeptics…

City to offer body camera contract to police-tech giant Taser

The Seattle Police Department intends to award Taser International the contract to equip its officers with body worn cameras, according to the City of Seattle’s purchasing…

Coffee with a mission: To get homeless kids back on their feet

Even in the well-caffeinated neighborhood of the University District, one new coffee bar stands apart from the others. Street Bean, which opened its doors this month,…

Is the Bellevue Police Department scared of ‘gypsies’?

Early Thursday morning, a Twitter user identifying as a “Romany Gypsy” in his profile tweeted an advertisement. It was for a training, apparently sponsored by…

The real lessons from the Fizzle in the Drizzle

The series of weather events that were threatening Western Washington are now in our rear view mirror. While it was windy and several inches of…

When cops play security guard, whom do they serve?

After an anonymous man hit Kellyann Mullen across the face outside her downtown apartment, he apparently turned his back, walked down Third Avenue and disappeared…

Tempers flare at city council meeting on homeless camps

As if taking cue from the stormy weather outside, the tumultuous fight over homeless encampments in Seattle ratcheted up a notch Friday, culminating in a…

Council considers unilateral action to diversify police force

Washington state law mandates that veterans receive extra points on the civil service exam to become fire fighters or police officers. But because the overwhelming…

UW study seems to equate Black Lives Matter and … Nazis?

If you found a letter addressed to the American Neo-Nazi Party on the sidewalk, would you put it in a mailbox? If the envelope was…

Police shooting stalls closure of the Jungle homeless encampment

A Seattle police officer shot and killed a man Tuesday afternoon, just feet from where city and state officials had begun the official closing of…