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The Seattle City Council’s effort to defund the police is in full swing, and the SPD is fighting back by rolling out a new website meant to put a human face to the department and its employees. The site explains how officers do their jobs, and outlines rules they must follow when using force. Seattle… Continue Reading »

TV shows like “Cops” and “Live PD” have always been viewing generators.  However, due to the current political/ social climate, channels like the A&E Network have elected to remove ‘police’ content in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Mr. Floyd’s death, of course, has sparked protests about police… Continue Reading »

Is law enforcement in Washington getting close to not enforcing non-violent crimes? That is what one Texas police association president is asking officers to do in Austin, Texas. He apparently has told the association’s members to only respond to assigned calls because it’s what the Austin city leaders and the public at large seem to… Continue Reading »

It is no secret that the Seattle Police has been under fire for its handling of the recent Black Live’s Matter protests. So much so that even the Seattle City Council has demanded cuts to the department’s budget by 50%. The council wants the funds moved to community-led organizations. Police Chief Carmen Best, who over… Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »