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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Sitting while black: An arrest in St. Paul

A man gets tased while waiting to pick up his kids from a nearby school. He declined to identify himself to police, something that's perfectly legal in Minnesota. 

TWIN CITIES DAILY PLANET

Washington, Seattle struggle to recover stolen wages for workers

Investigate West explores and analyzes the specific problems facing Washington workers and law enforcement in recovering stolen wages.

INVESTIGATEWEST

Tacoma gathers to support the people of Ferguson

According to the News Tribune, more than 100 people came together in Tacoma yesterday, to protest and demonstrate support for the people of Ferguson.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Trayvon Martin's mom pens a letter to the Brown family

The mother of Trayvon Martin published a letter in Time Magazine on Monday, sending support to the Brown family and speaking out against gun violence in the U.S.

TIME

The Ferguson shooting reconstructed

A look at the interaction between a young officer from a difficult family background and a young man with a quiet way and an uncertain future. 

WASHINGTON POST

How to do everything wrong: The Ferguson police

An expert looks at what he sees: Immoral, the opposite of what every police manual teaches, tactics you'd see in China, Kosovo or some place where government thinks it can get away with anything.

VOX

Police in Ferguson repeat the mistakes EU cops used to make with soccer crowds

When you treat everyone in a crowd like a hooligan, guess what: The crowd turns against you.

THE NEW REPUBLIC

Seattle's former police chief responds to Ferguson

Norman Stamper was the chief of police in Seattle during the infamous 1999 anti-WTO protests. In an interview with Vox's Amanda Taub , Stamper reflects on lessons learned and responds to the latest events in Ferguson.

VOX

What's going on in Ferguson?

New York Times reporter Julie Bosman reviews the events that led to the current standoff in Ferguson, Missouri.  

NEW YORK TIMES

Policing in St. Louis: An account of an arrest for ... nothing

A Washington Post reporter tells how police took him and a colleague into custody for sitting in a restaurant.

WASHINGTON POST
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