And the Beat Goes On

With all of the social strife going on around the United States today, it isn’t surprising that a contingent of Ford Motor Company Employees have asked the company’s leadership to stop making and selling police vehicles. This position is in line with the growing racial justice movements – Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police.… Continue Reading »

Face of Change?

Lawmakers are drafting new legislation to modify, alter or otherwise curtail the use of facial recognition by police departments and other law enforcement agencies. The hope is to reign in the public outrage over police misconduct and racial inequalities. The big concern is that facial recognition tools promote bias by misidentifying people, especially people of… Continue Reading »

Council Strikes Loitering Law

On June 22, 2020 the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to strike its loitering laws for prostitution and drug use. The move was an intentional step away from a criminal justice approach to deal with the problem of drug use and prostitution in Seattle. The criminal defense bar wants an even greater move, however. It… Continue Reading »

Overhauling the System

As we all know, for weeks now protests have taken place to raise social awareness – equality for all. The protests have centered on the Black Lives Matter movement, and eradicating systematic racism and police brutality. As to be expected, law enforcement has been very active during this period, and unfortunately at times has felt… Continue Reading »

Surrender that Weapon!?

Recently the Washington State legislature passed legislation (SHB 2622, effective June 11, 2020) enabling courts to take more aggressive measures when a person has been found to have committed domestic violence and yet outright disobeys a court’s order to surrender his firearm(s) and/or other dangerous weapon(s). Under the new legislation, civil contempt proceedings are authorized… Continue Reading »

Bake it Away?

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, some folks may be concerned that police vehicles may not be safe to transport prisoners. Well, the Ford Motor Company has been working on a solution to resolve that very legitimate concern. Last week, Ford announced that it is investing in heated sanitation software for its fleet of 2013-2019 Police Interceptor… Continue Reading »

DUI’s not Pandemic Proof

Notwithstanding the fact that Covid – 19 has us all on lock-down, people are still getting stopped and cited for DUI … and the courts and the prosecutors are still processing DUI cases in real time. Case in point: on May 16, 2020 at approximately 3:15 AM a King County Sheriff’s Deputy was driving in… Continue Reading »

Words Alone – Not Crime

Racist name calling is not synonymous with hate crimes; they are two different things entirely, and one is even protected by the United States Constitution. A man of Asian descent recently found this out when he complained to the police that another man (during a traffic altercation at one of our local Home Depot’s) allegedly… Continue Reading »

On the Rise

As domestic violence related incidents have spiked during the Covid-19 outbreak, so too has officers’ ‘use-of-force’. In fact, two such incidents took place in just the past four days involving the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Sunday two deputies were involved in the tasing of a man suspected of violating a domestic violence protection order. The… Continue Reading »

Man Down – For the Public Good

In all the years of doing this business, one thing has become quite clear … a great number of folks are just plain suspicious of police officers. They don’t trust that officers are truly ‘protectors’ of the public.  Well … a Spokane incident last week has probably done nothing to dissuade their beliefs … this… Continue Reading »

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